Hundreds of firefighters from across the country came to lobby parliament today amid fears over cuts to jobs and services.
The coalition will have to complete its austerity drive with 97% spending cuts and just three per cent tax rises in the two years after 2015, a think-tank has warned.
After a weekend of Team GB victories, a lone voice emerged today lambasting the Olympics for a "blustering jingoism" and "foul patriotism" reminiscent of Nazi Germany.
For all the government's faux concern about women bearing the brunt of the cuts, actions speak louder than words.
Read Ed Miliband's speech to the TUC in full on politics.co.uk.