chapter  4
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THE DECLINE OF BRITAIN years 1911 to 1913 were times of unparalleled class struggles of the miners, railwaymen, and transport workers generally. In August 1911 a national, in other words a general, strike broke out on the railways. The vague shadow of revolution hovered over Britain in those days. The leaders exerted all their strength in order to paralyse the movement. Their motive was " patriotism " ; the affair was occurring at the time of the Agadir incident, which threatened to lead to a war with Germany. As is well known to-day, the Premier summoned the workers' leaders to a secret council, and called them to the salvation of the fatherland. And the leaders did all that lay in their power, strengthening the bourgeoisie, and thus preparing the way for the imperialist slaughter.