Across the UK children weren't educated, trash wasn't collected and hospital patients weren't treated (one of the angles of 'socialised medicine' that wasn't covered during the furious Obama-care debates...)
George Osborne, the British Chancellor's autumn statement may be many things, but fair and just it is not. Some of the poorest members of our society, public workers, who do valuable work that distinguishes a caring society from one that is not, are to carry a heavy load for dire economic conditions not of their making.
Of course everyone's pension is important to them but these issues are not going to be resolved as a consequence of the disruption which will be caused by the strikes on Wednesday. They are only going to be resolved by sensible discussion and negotiation.
Cameron calls union members "irresponsible" yet does not offer equivalent condemnation of rich tax dodgers.
The right to strike is an important one, but it is not one that should be unfettered. The public and private sectors should be treated equally.
Behind the cosy democratic facade, Britain is a cut-throat economic dictatorship. A rich and powerful economic elite makes all the key economic decisions, excluding millions of employees and consumers.
Facility time is an unfair taxpayer-funded subsidy to unions, which frees up money for campaigns. It should be scrapped and paid for out of union coffers.
First and foremost in my argument is the simple, and accurate, assertion that the Tories are in fact hopeful that the unions will walk out and stage numerous protests over the coming months. These pension reforms have provided Cameron with a window of opportunity to finally finish what Margaret Thatcher started during her reign as Conservative leader.
Greece has been my holiday destination for the last 15 years; I love the country and its charming friendly people. I say to the Greek people: You have been treated shabbily by the rest of Europe. You have a beautiful country and proud history; leave the madness of the Eurozone.
When I think of monolithic sportswear brands and their highly questionable supply chains, I just have to resign myself that the Gazelle and the Chuck T are both one of those "It was great while it lasted, and even though you're still hot, it just isn't working for me anymore," relationships.
The TUC was shocked at Tuesday's news of nearly 3,000 aircraft manufacturing job losses at BAE systems in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Unions have vowed to fight the cuts and the TUC will support them in any way we can.
Businesses can create their own identity through CSR, and should be encouraged to broadcast their philanthropic successes as a badge of honour.
It's a week now since technology giant Hewlett Packard (HP) tore up their plan to send 200 IT support jobs for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) offshore to India. Faced with the target of a 40 per cent cut in department costs it seems the DWP was willing to 'offshore' the jobs to a lower cost location, but as the celebrations die down have any jobs really been saved?
While talks with ministers will continue, it takes two to negotiate. Unions are on the dance floor, and the next dance is the tango. We do not yet know whether we have a partner.
Yesterday the Guardian reported that proposed new rules for party funding could result in the Labour Party being "ruined". But this is only a metaphorical straw landing on a camel with an already decidedly poorly back.
Am I the only one to feel a steady sense of disquiet when reading Toby Young's rather vitriolic comments on The Guardian's news splash on Free School funding?