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As alternate explanations go the shipyard argument is a good one.  Shipworkers have a tendency tio be more militant than others, and ship yards are often in declining industrial regions.  

Santander (AFAIK) in Spain, and Belfast and the northest in the UK. (again AFAIK.)

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 10:45:42 AM EST
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