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Miners and revolutionaries

02 August 2019

August 1st, 1919.

WHILE the miners have been idle we have lost a million tons of coal when we ought to have had instead a million tons and more in the way of increased output. Workers by the hundred thousand have been thrown out of employment through the shutting down of works. The miners themselves have thrown away a million and a-half of money, and the whole country is suffering through their ignorant folly. Fortunately, through the Government’s use of naval men and with the goodwill of some of the miners, flooding of the mines has been averted, and already work has been resumed in some areas, but the Yorkshire men, without a shadow of reason, after the granting of concessions, have remained obdurate. Extremists have captured them with revolutionary arguments, and for the time being the voice of reason gets no hearing. It seems to be useless to tell them that they are ruining the country, for that is apparently what they are out to accomplish. But they must be made to understand that any organized attempt to overthrow the authority of Parliament will be resisted with all the force of the general community. In a country like Russia, possessing no great middle-class, Bolshevism was possible. It will have no chance in this country if once it tries conclusions in earnest with the overwhelmingly more numerous sections of society that will be found on the side of law and order.

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