There's a sad shift to not supporting any of our workers, in London. When teachers, lecturers and other key members of our society when they go on strike. It's like we think that people deserve bad pay, to lose their job, insanely long hours and little respect. And that's a disgrace.
How easy would it have been for Thatcher to dominate the reporting of the dispute had it happened today? Would the 'Battle of Orgreave' ended the same way if onlookers and miners alike were connected to Twitter, Messenger and BBM?
Screaming headlines in the tabloid press - shamefully parroted by much of the rest of our media and compounded by unrepresentative and degrading TV programmes like Benefits Street - are solely designed to smear our welfare state and the people who rely on it.
Despite 94% of Londoners opposing cuts to the fire service, it looks like the closure of 10 fire stations and over 500 front line firefighters will be cut. The closure of these stations is expected to take place in January. In the high court, seven different local authorities argued that the planned cuts were "dangerous, irrational and unlawful". It was this high court challenge that failed.
Delivering his autumn statement, George Osborne declared he was "proud" of the changes his government is making to the state pension. Really? As a thank you for a lifetime's contribution to our society, those pensioners with no independent wealth to fall back on, are facing their retirement living in poverty.
When direct evidence emerges of a conspiracy stretching back years to blacklist trade unionists and prevent them from working, no inquiry is deemed necessary. When a few wealthy executives are reminded of the damage their decisions do to people's lives, it is apparently a gravely serious matter that demands urgent attention.
We're not interested in winding back the clock. We don't see the world as an epic struggle between capital and labour. And we don't have all the answers. Yet. What we do see is people being disempowered. And not just by the government. What marks out the political discourse of my generation is that we have organised against any power which negatively impacts our lives.
UK higher education is again experiencing significant labour unrest with thousands of members of UCU, UNISON, and Unite having spent Halloween on strike. A sustained period of working to contract is now underway as employees are refusing to provide the uncompensated overtime that has become the norm in the sector.
Who would have thought it? Cutting people's benefits, when there are almost 14 times as many jobseekers as jobs, hasn't sent them all rushing back to work and is causing misery for those families at the sharp end of austerity. The Chartered Institute of Housing's report into the impact of the benefit cap in one area of London confirms what any reasonable person would have guessed. But the headline, that the cap is struggling to meet its aims of encouraging people into work and saving taxpayers' money, is I think rather generous.
The success of Germany has been founded on a willingness across the board to look long-term and to seek commitment to shared goals. The country's experience shows that such an attitude can help tackle the most serious of difficulties.
Most members of trade unions affiliated to the Labour Party would NOT vote Labour if a general election were held this week, according to a YouGov analysis taken on the eve of Ed Miliband's speech to the Trades Union Congress.
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The risks of distancing the Party from the unions are clearly not simply financial. The labour movement arguably anchors Labour to the interests - or at least the perceived and the collective interests of ordinary working people of the country it one day hopes to govern again.
Labour's relationship with big donors hasn't always been comfortable, as the Eccleston saga showed, and if the party becomes more dependent on the same big money and vested interests as the Conservatives then the risk is that it will only come to resemble them even more.
With Miliband's determination to end the practice of taking block sums from affiliated unions' political funds, there is now no excuse for further delay. All the parties need to get back round the negotiating table and talk about legislating for a donations cap as part of a new party financing deal.
The task Miliband begins tomorrow is not an easy one and the challenge with which he has been presented is not simply one union's making. The undemocratic electoral college which picks Labour's London mayoral candidate has its origins in New Labour's bid to prevent Ken Livingstone being fairly chosen as the party's candidate.