100 Years Ago – 17 April 1921

17 April 1921

Miners in many areas of the country claimed that they had been betrayed by other trade unions, following the refusal of the entire Triple Alliance to call a general strike. James Sexton, the Labour MP for St. Helen’s said that there was no betrayal, but it was the coal miners who failed to be united that had caused the split.

The Government said that it was still recruiting for the Defence Force, which had been established to enable the country’s infra-structure to continue to operate if there had been a general strike. David Lloyd George, the Prime Minister, welcomed the decision not to call a strike, but said that there had already been enormous economic damage done to the country.