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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 01:25 PM
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Public sector strike fails to bring country to standstil
Source: The Telegraph

Britain's biggest strike for more than 30 years appeared to be less disruptive than feared today as more than a quarter of schools opened and major transport hubs were running smoothly.

Travellers had been warned of 12-hour queues at Londons Heathrow airport, while thousands of striking teachers were expected to force millions of pupils to stay at home.
However, the mayhem predicted by the mass walkout of more than two million public sector staff failed to materialise this morning with both Heathrow and Gatwick airports reporting no disruption to passengers.

The Department for Education (DFE) also said thousands of schools had been unaffected with around 13 per cent operating as normal, and a further 13 per cent partially open.

Unions meanwhile claimed that the walkout was being solidly supported and predicted that November 30 would go down in history as the biggest day of industrial action since the 1979 Winter of Discontent. Hospitals, courts, Government offices and other services are also affected by the strike.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8925195/Public...
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 01:31 PM
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1. Please put the country/state in the subject line so we will
know from whence you speak.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 01:47 PM
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5. It's the UK. And the Torygraph putting a Tory spin on it.
No, the country wasn't brought to a standstill and no one expected it to be. But there were significant effects.
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 01:32 PM
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2. alternatively, "74% of schools closed...", nt
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LoveIsNow Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 01:37 PM
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3. Seriously, talk about spin.
I'm sure another paper phrased it "87% of schools closed or only partially open".
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 01:52 PM
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6. Exactly!
By the way, here's some news about it from my neck of the woods:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-139620...

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/2224147.strike_shuts_d... /

Michael Gove, our Education Secretary, is indeed a scoundrel!
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 02:42 PM
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10. Thanks. Looks like OP has some sort of agenda.
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 02:04 PM
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7. Trying to play it down so it doesn't give the other peasants any ideas.
I'm sure this will be the first round of spin.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 01:38 PM
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4. You weren't supposed to notice that...
they gave you the meme and you refused to run with it. WhatsAmataU?
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 02:15 PM
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8. Looks like a big time conservative paper you are linking
Edited on Wed Nov-30-11 02:27 PM by Kingofalldems
Unrec for subjecting DU to agenda driven republican 'news'.
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 02:20 PM
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9. Headline worthy of FOXNEWS.
Same thing as FOXNEWS coverage of today's Occupy evictions, which was not that cops arrest 200, but "Occupy LA fails to hold park as cops arrest 200."
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