There are two left-wing candidates and two right-wing candidates in the election for general secretary of Unite, Britain's biggest trade union. One of the right-wingers - the one, in fact, who stands a chance of winning - is Les Bayliss.
The Independent today reports secret talks between trade union movement leaders and representatives of the government. These are apparently paving the way for a meeting between David Cameron and TUC general secretary Brendan Barber before the end of the year.
The major story on my local radio today is the announcement of plans for drastic cuts to bus services. Strictly speaking they have announced a "consultation", but there's widespread awareness of what that really means.
The recent conviction of Jon Venables for offences relating to images of child sexual abuse has returned the murder of James Bulger to the front pages. It raises questions about how the state dealt with two child offenders 17 years ago.
The government has struck a deal with Facebook to invite ideas from the public on state spending cuts. The "spending challenge channel" will be used to take suggestions from the public for saving money prior to the Autumn spending review.