PUBLIC SECTOR STRIKES
- "Public sector workers around the UK are staging a strike over pensions in what unions say could be the biggest walkout for a generation. Thousands of schools are closed and hospital operations have been cancelled. Courts and government offices are among disrupted services." - BBC
- "David Cameron has said the strike by public sector workers is proving "a damp squib" with many key services continuing to operate." - BBC
- "For anyone who remembers the virtual house arrest under which one was held by public sector strikes in the 1970s, this is a non-event. ... The Government has obviously picked the right fight. The political clout of the trade unions is going to suffer a serious blow from this unimpressive display." - Janet Daley
- Lord Tebbit: "The Coalition is packed with public relations men. So why haven't they been able to sell pension reform to the British public?"
- Daniel Knowles: "Strikers, a whiff of extremism and an aloof prime minister: I taste the 1920s"
- One No. 10 worker on strike is a press officer who has been leading the govt's anti-strike communications - Paul Waugh
- Guardian liveblog of the protests
- Priti Patel MP on Comment: The support trade union leaders have from the people they claim to stand up for is at an all time low
- ToryDiary: Cameron attacks Ed Miliband as "weak, irresponsible and left-wing" during fiery PMQs
- Ed Miliband declares class war: The FT's Kiran Stacey - "Most of the exchanges at PMQs today were fairly predictable... But there was a fascinating undercurrent running throughout this session, one that took us back to the politics of the 1970s and 80s."
- "Perhaps the most notable thing about today's session was that Miliband sounded more effective on the strike than he did on the economy. Relentlessly mocked for his ambiguous stance on the walk-out, he come off the fence today and turned in one of his best PMQs' performances of the year. The lesson, once again, is that it pays to be bold." - New Statesman
- WATCH: David Cameron calls Ed Miliband "irresponsible, left-wing and weak"