The revelation that senior HM Revenue and Customs officials have been plotting to undermine and isolate my union that represents 50,000 of their staff is not just shocking, it is sinister evidence of an increasing politicisation of the civil service.
When we imagine the struggle for equal pay, it's in black and white newsreels, mini-skirted strikers and overtly sexist, cigar-puffing bosses. It's grounded in history, a fight long since won. We view the debate over Equal Pay as one that doesn't need to happen any more.
After the screening, held in a swanky cinema at London's Barbican centre, a world away from a Welsh pit mine, various friends of Mark Ashton stood up to thank Warchus for portraying the events in such a truthful way, some of them weeping, they were so proud.
Ending extreme poverty or getting an agreement to reduce climate change means creating complex trade-offs between the interests of countries, companies and citizens and civil society. It involves detailed forecasts, legal texts and new ideas that will galvanise negotiators to agreement. It means putting the UN back in a position of international leadership.
How will we attract more people into teaching, when they will be treated so poorly and fragrantly ignored by their Secretary of State? How can we expect a good education for future children when teachers are so overworked and underpaid? ... We should be supporting them in their struggle for fairer treatment and a better education system for all.
A government with a selective memory should come as no surprise to anyone, yet on this issue there is a distinct double standard, and this agenda, which trivialises public sector strikes as mere trouble-making, is a grave reflection of a society that undervalues its public services.
Imagine, if you need to, being on below average wages and finding out that because some wealthy bankers crashed the economy you wouldn't be getting a pay rise any time soon. As I say, only imagine this if you need to. There is a very good chance you know exactly how it feels. If you work in the public sector, it has happened to you...
At 4.26pm on Wednesday 21st May, a second year university student boarded a metro train at Longshan Temple station in Taipei, Taiwan. He was carrying two knives with him. In the four minutes before the train arrived at the next station, he killed four people and injured another twenty-three...
What was Mark Harding's crime? What had he done that prompted the police to act in such a robust manner? Mark, as a committed and dedicated defender of worker's rights had tried to persuade another member of staff from crossing the picket line. He hadn't been violent, or abusive, and the staff member concerned had successfully reported for work without incident.
Who is the last person in the world you'd want cooking your dinner in a restaurant? If you think in the same terms as I do, it'll be the chef that's just been sacked. If you're about to choose a bank, who would be the last person that you'd want managing your account... Someone who is sat there worrying they are one of the 14,000 that is on the 'to be cut' list?
A Mori poll published in April asked 985 self-employed people whether or not they would rather be an employee. A majority of 79% responded that they would rather be self-employed, with only 16% preferring the employee option. The survey also found that the longer workers had been self-employed, the less likely they were to desire a different employment status.
It can sometimes stick in the throat to hear these politicians eulogising about "honour" when they seem so short of it themselves... Nick Clegg praised Tony Benn for being a "fervent defender of what he believed in", seemingly forgetting his own paltry commitment to defend students from a hike in tuition fees.
It's been a bad couple of weeks for trade unionism. Two of its greatest champions - Tony Benn and Bob Crow - have both passed away. But beneath the sadness, something interesting has been happening. Something that offers hope for a previously moribund movement...
Bob Crow was the greatest trade union leader of his generation and his death came as a devastating shock to me and millions of trade unionists. I would like to send my union's heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. I can't imagine how they are feeling and I hope the media respect their request for privacy... Bob once asked why it should be just the bankers, the politicians and the idle rich who enjoyed the finer things in life. While some try to beat us by sowing the seeds of envy, Bob offered hope that a better world is possible.
Whether people like or loathe Bob Crow, his contribution to the industrial and political demographic cannot be diminished by partisan bias. Keep that contribution alive. Join a union. Fight for your rights as a worker deserving of respect and equity. Push for the alternative.
Students' Unions need to devise long term plans, which elected individuals can champion, but are essentially run and managed by the longer term 'backroom machine' of the SU. Only then will we start seeing real, organised change in Students' Unions.