Foreign News: Make Yourselves at Home

Half of Britain's economic troubles would be solved if only its miners would dig 10% more coal.

The coal pits are undermanned, but 20,000 of Italy's unemployed are ready & willing to make up the difference. As a start, the late Labor government imported 2,200 Italians, paid their fares, spent additional thousands teaching them coal mining and English, housed them, gave them contracts for two years of work.

In some places, British miners grudgingly accepted the first few hundred Italians, but 111 of 159 miners' labor lodges voted against accepting them at all. Mostly the miners, whose depression memories are still green, were...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!