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The collapse of consensus

Household appliances of 1962.
Consumer goods became more widely available in the 1960s and the standard of living rose.
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Industrial unrest and strike action marked the unions' relationship with government, causing a state of national emergency, the defeat of the conservatives and a three-day week.

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Further reading

  • Pelling, H., The History of British Trade Unionism (London: Macmillan, 1987)
  • Taylor, R., The TUC: from the General Strike to the New Unionism (London: Palgrave, 1987)
  • Dutton, D., British Politics since 1945: the Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Consensus (Oxford: Blackwell, 1997)
  • Wrigley, C., Trade Unions, Strikes and the Government In Coopey, R & Woodward, N. ed., Britain in the 1970s: the Troubled Economy (London: UCL Press, 1996)