Far from debating it and arid pamphlets, local politicians in City Hall and across the country are bringing change today, says Fiona Twycross.
The political apprenticeships arms race, promising ever increasing numbers of apprenticeships but with little focus on quality, is helping nobody.
Even Boris Johnson sees the benefits.
Families who have lived their whole lives in central London are being forced out by a perfect storm of falling wages, rocketing house prices and government cuts.
This government wants to bear down on the rights of unions to take industrial action generally, and clearly want to limit the right of firefighters to strike.
The TUC’s calculation that public sector workers are on average £2,245 worse off in real terms since this government came to power is timely, and explains today's strikes.