World: Ruling a Kingless Kingdom

As Britain's top labor leader, Vic Feather must try to hold sway over 155 fiercely independent unions that often prefer to behave, as one union boss put it, like "baronies in a kingless kingdom." At Portsmouth, where Feather was elected to a four-year term as head of the Trades Union Congress last month, the barons were flexing their muscles. "The problem is not that we have too many strikes," cried one official, "but that we don't have enough."

If a revolution from the top is what it will take to tame the unions, Victor Grayson Hardie Feather may be just the man...

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