Brown was applauded by most commentators for refusing to back down on public-sector pay staging, but received clear warnings that he might face a ‘winter of mounting discontent’ (The Times, 31 August) after the TUC conference later this month.
The prison officers’ lot was portrayed more sympathetically by journalists than readers responding via websites. They are ‘undervalued and overstretched’, according to James Sturke (The Guardian, 29 August). A reader, echoing the leader column in The Sun, had little sympathy, observing that ‘it’s hardly rocket science walking around locking people up’ (30 August).
The Prison Officers’ Association, despite making all the right noises, was accused of disregarding the court injunction ‘for publicity rather than strategic purposes’ (The Guardian, 3 September).
But with more government talks planned, the lid is being kept firmly closed on a potentially explosive situation.