chapter  11
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Conclusion: Potential and prohibition

Ifyou were a miner in Cortonwood Colliery, South Yorkshire, in March 1984, you would have been told that your pit was to close in five weeks. It is probable that you would have attended a meeting of the local branch of the National Union of Mineworkers and voted, along with your fellow workers, to strike in an attempt to halt the intended closure, a closure that threatened not only your livelihood but that of the whole community. Your action would have implicated you in the longest industrial strike in the United Kingdom's history.