BRITAIN: When the Lights Went Out

THE slings and arrows of outrageous fortune all seemed directed at Britain's Prime Minister Edward Heath and his beleaguered country last week. Beset by a six-week national coal miners' strike, Britons were subjected to rotating power blackouts that caused chaos in industry, forced the layoff of 1.5 million workers, and at times made it seem as if the nation were lit only by candlepower. The political heat was directed at Heath, who found himself widely criticized for obduracy in the face of the miners' demands, and then compelled to give in to...

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