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Leunig finds himself “in the gun” with the Islamic fundamentalists.

Now for something serious, the wonderful world of fruit labels.

More than 1,000 fruit label images are displayed here for the purpose of providing reference information for my fellow fruit label collectors and for interested people generally. Fruit labels and their details are shown within a pale-yellow box. For the time being vegetable labels and their details are shown within a pale-green box. Fruit label collecting must surely rank as one the healthiest hobbies, just as long as you actually eat the fruit. In the United Kingdom and abroad there are many organisations which promote the eating of fruit as a valuable adjunct to a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle.

The decline of the strike threat in Britain.

Disputes began to run at several a day from the mid-1950s, when there was only fractional unemployment and British industry faced little competition from the rest of Europe or beyond. Stoppages regularly cost three million working days a year. They escalated so rapidly in the latter 1960s, especially after devaluation, that the Wilson Government planned but shelved a thorough reform of industrial relations. Sir Edward Heath’s Government, which replaced it in 1970, enacted legislation. It fell when Sir Edward was ousted by a miners’ strike, although the number of petty disputes did start to decline.

Days lost make up only a small part of the economic damage that industrial disputes caused. Labour relations took a high proportion of management time and mental effort that needed to be spent making businesses competitive, investing for the future, developing new products and exploring new markets.

Change was likely to be resisted by powerful unions, adding to the cost of investment and cutting returns. Bloated stocks of materials, parts and finished goods had to be kept to allow for supply disruptions; that in turn absorbed capital that could otherwise have been invested. Most managers preferred the quiet life or were simply not up to it.

But the public sector does its best to maintain the tradition.

In education, health, administration and parts of the transport industry, unions can still rely on taxpayers to foot any bill. Over the past eight years public sector strikes have caused the vast majority of days lost.

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February 20, 2006 at 8:00 pm

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