World: You're Not All Right, Jack

Across Britain last week, the symptoms of what other Europeans call "the English disease" were alarming. In Coventry, 300 deliverymen went on strike for three days. At Ford's Halewood plant. 600 electricians walked out. maintaining the company's five-year average of one walkout a week. In Edinburgh, the Scottish building workers threatened to pull 100,000 men off construction sites.

The constant strikes help explain why, as Chancellor of the Exchequer Reginald Maudling put it at last week's Tory conference, Britain has "not yet succeeded in achieving an adequate and steady rate of economic growth." His speech was greeted with cries of "Quit...

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