Who'd be a monarch? But for her annual state handout of £36 million, Elizabeth Windsor would probably jack it in so as not to embarrass herself by reading out the garbage given her for the Queen's Speech.
Blacklisting workers for their political views or trade union activities is criminal, yet those who have organised, financed and operated blacklists are free to walk - or drive their Bentleys - among us.
Len McCluskey's decisive victory in the Unite general secretary election is a clear reaffirmation of membership support for the fightback approach associated with him and the union's national executive committee.
Paisley & Renfrewshire MP Jim Sheridan is right to highlight the hypocrisy of neoliberal politicians happy to allow market forces to dictate all aspects of daily life except whether a song should be broadcast on the BBC.
Many working people, especially from communities ripped apart by Margaret Thatcher's governments, will empathise with Ronnie Campbell's statement that he would rather sit in a torture chamber than take part in parliamentary tributes to her.
The willingness of hundreds of thousands of people to sign the internet challenge to Iain Duncan Smith to back up his boastful words by living on £53 a week for a year shows public understanding of the divisive nature of government policies.
Media moguls' outrage at the prospect of statutory oversight of the press stands in stark contrast to their notable silence on the biggest undemocratic disgrace of our time - Thatcher's anti-trade union laws.
Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan's announcement of an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Kurdish peshmerga guerillas from Turkey provides the opportunity for a lasting peace that the Turkish government should grasp fully.