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New Left Review I/2, March-April 1960


John Hughes

The Nation’s Coal

the policies now being pursued by the National Coal Board in the coalfields are fraught with danger, both for the coal industry and the national economy. They stem from the government’s fuel and power policy, which in the name of ‘competition’ produces a tangle of conflicting and unco-ordinated decisions. One thread runs through all. The oil companies benefit. Oil-coal ‘competition’ in particular is a game played with loaded dice (e.g. the oil companies may discriminate; coal cannot).

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