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He was himself the organiser in the background, while O'Connor, Beaumont and Taylor wrote and spoke in public in the spinners' defence. Trade unions throughout the kingdom supported the campaign, which emphasised the unity between the trades and political radicalism. A broadsheet printed in Newcastle in 1838 put the spinners' experience into rhyme. Ye working men of Britain come listen awhile, Concerning the cotton spinners who lately stood their trial Transported for seven years far, far awa' Because they were united men in Caledonia.

8 The reaction to the Irish Coercion Act of 1833 is a most essential ingredient in the development of Chartism. It helps to account for the strongly defensive attitude which was present in the early years of the movement. The Whigs had , as almost their first action in government, fired a salvo at popular radical political action, and had been supported in doing so by the overwhelming majority of the new House of Commons. The radicals of Nottingham were voicing widespread fears when they declared that the Government's Irish policy was 'a subject of vital importance to the people of Ireland, and scarcely less so to the constitutional liberty of every su bject in the British Dominions'.

On the same grounds, coercion was unjust and tyrannical. But not only this, for most radicals considered that measures which were used to hold down the Irish might well be used in the 'disturbed districts' of the rest of Britain. In the same way, the low level of Irish wages could be used to force down the level in Great Brit~in - Cobbett described the process in Legacy to Labourers: ' . the farmer, pressed by the tax-gatherer, pressed by the parson, pressed by the landlord, a jail-door opening to his eyes would, with tears in those eyes, screw the labourer down in a short time to Irish wages'.

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