As news comes that negotiations over public sector pensions edge closer to agreement BBC political editor Nick Robinson asks a very pertinent question – what did the strikes actually achieve?
“The Treasury has given no more money since the strikes. However the offer made before - on 22nd November - was, I'm told, rather more generous than many realised - not least those who went out on strike.”
What? Could it be that union leaders bent the truth a little? Could they have exaggerated the situation just a touch? Maybe to flex their muscles a bit, stop them becoming atrophied. Or just to remind the public at large (most of whom do not belong to unions let alone public service unions) that they exist?
Or could it have been – perish the thought – a political move by union leaders who rely on Labour as much as Labour rely on them?
Surely in this season of goodwill it would be churlish to entertain such thoughts.