All this raises a few points. First, Ed Miliband scores by having urged the NUJ to drop its plans in favour of impartiality – very New Politics, now matter how opportunistic the initial impulse to further debase the moniker ‘Red Ed’.
The BBC has, for the moment, denied its detractors a major publicity coup, not that I think that Jeremy Hunt and the Tories would be crass enough to claim that a strike was evidence of biased journalism.
Perversely, this is also something of a victory for the public sector unions. The strike was called off because the BBC's directors offered an improved pension offer. The taxpayer will make a major contribution to that if it is approved. What price Mark Serwotka taking heart from this when confronting Francis Maude in the coming months?