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New Left Review I/5, September-October 1960


Henry Collins

Trade Unions and the Government

by V. L. Allen,

Longmans, 35s.

dr. allen writes in a dry, flat, matter-of-fact style, oddly reminiscent of Lord Attleeā€™s. There are occasions, such as the 1921 Coal Dispute or the 1926 General Strike, when this heightens the drama of his narrative. Elsewhere the unadorned, almost colourless prose makes needlessly heavy going of the intricacies of collective bargaining or of labour relations in nationalised industries.

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