Newspaper review: Public sector strike discussed

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The public sector strike over pensions dominates the day's newspaper headlines.

The Daily Mail claims the picket lines were quiet while shopping centres were packed. It considers the strike to be a resounding flop, with life carrying on pretty much as normal.

The Daily Telegraph agrees that public sector workers used the strike as an excuse to go Christmas shopping as they chose spending over picketing.

The Sun's front page headline calls it the "not very" general strike.

The Guardian describes the walk-out as the biggest display of industrial discontent in three decades.

It also says the strike ended in a propaganda war as unions and ministers traded blows over its impact.

'Poor get poorer'

The Financial Times says the strike was historic but that its tone was different from past action such as the 1980s miners strike.

The Daily Express says public sector workers should recognise that they are the lucky ones.

"The rich get richer and the poor get poorer" is the Independent's front page headline, as it responds to a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The paper says the findings indicate that the less well off will suffer disproportionately from George Osborne's latest economic measures.

The Times also has this story on its front page.

It reports the average family on middle income will have £2,500 less to spend next year, than just three years ago.

Swear by it

The Independent and the Telegraph reveal that swearing is a good thing - as long as you don't overdo it.

Researchers at Keele University found that swearing can act as a form of pain relief.

People who swear just a few times a day doubled the time they could hold their hands in iced water by swearing.

But researchers concluded those who admitted to the highest level of everyday cursing did not show any benefit during a similar challenge.

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