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FRANCIS WHEEN: Economic gloom.Terror threats. Strikes. Why Britain's going back…

In this devastating critique, FRANCIS WHEEN argues Britain's going back to the seventies the era of polyester and power cuts when the ruling class was gripped by paranoia.
Elise Williams
Elise Williams • 2 years ago

The miners strikes of 1972 caused power cuts around the country. With no coal for the power stations blackouts lasting nine hours plunged Britain into darkness. I remember being on Christmas vacation from college and reading to candlelight.

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