Some Labour MPs have joined post workers on their picket lines – to their credit. It is also remarkable that the government has retreated into sudden silence over the postal strike.
Lord Mandelson is symbolic of the state of the Labour government.
After pushing for privatisation earlier this year and launching attacks on the union in the run-up to the strike, something has happened to him.
Strangely Mandelson seems not to have said a word, issued a press release or leaked an opinion on the post strike for over a week.
It could be that he has realised that every self-serving anti-union utterance was stiffening the resolve of strikers.
Or perhaps the ever fickle Mandelson realised that the bosses and the government are a very long way from smashing up the CWU, as they clearly hoped to at the beginning of the strike.