Post Office customers inconvenienced by tomorrow's walkout by Communication Workers Union (CWU) members at hundreds of Crown offices should understand that the strike is for their benefit as well as for staff.
George Osborne's confirmation that he will impose cuts in public spending of £11.5 billion in 2015-16, with projected annual borrowing of £96bn, underlines his failure to balance the books by the end of this Parliament.
The grim sense of inevitability that accompanied news of EU capitulation on the Syrian arms embargo was echoed today in the inane carping of armchair warriors clamouring for "action to end the bloodshed."
Foreign Minister Alistair Burt's admission that the Cameron government has "supported" a survey of attitudes to US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas amounts to a tacit admission of British involvement.
Unite national officer Dominic Hook's description of the latest jobs massacre at RBS as "brutal and irresponsible" says it all about a bank that is 81 per cent publicly owned but has no public allegiance.
"Where is the fairness, we ask, for the shift-worker, leaving home in the dark hours of the early morning, who looks up at the closed blinds of their next door neighbour sleeping off a life on benefits?"
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling's determination to put payment by results at the heart of changes to the probation system is belied by his disregard for the successes already chalked up by the Probation Service.