Refuse collectors, home helps and social workers are threatening 'sustained strikes' this summer as unions prepare for a wave of industrial action over below-inflation pay deals. Unions sense that the 10p tax U-turn has left Gordon Brown vulnerable. One problem thus leads to another.
The news from Crewe and Nantwich is not good for Labour. An ICM survey for the News of the World found that 45% of Crewe and Nantwich constituents plan to vote Conservative, compared with 37% backing Labour. Meanwhile, a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times put the Tories on 45% to Labour's 25%.
Brown continues to face criticism from left-wing Labour MPs who were hoping for a lurch to the left while Blairites continue to mourn their lost leader. However, there is not really a credible alternative who would rescue Labour from their travails. Charles Clarke anyone?