"This is a fight about the life and death of trade unionism itself in the country."
Well, it's that time of year again. The kids are off school and, with Santa's visit just days away, they're on their best behaviour. Presents have been bought and decorations have been put up so now it's time to sit down, have a mug of hot chocolate and tell you my Christmas wish.
What happens when the mood of a whole nation can be characterised by hopelessness and despair? In Greece, where people have been on the receiving end of severe austerity measures and lived through six years of recession, it's a question that politics, as we know it, seems incapable of addressing.
Passengers at Heathrow face 12-hour long queues when border officials join next Wednesday's public sector strike over pensions