Letter: Markets for coal

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Sir: The news that the Government's handling of our coal mines was illegal is welcome. It was clearly unwise, and in the long run likely to be bad economics, to manipulate the market for coal and then act without warning in closing pits, but to find that it wasn't even legal shows the government's carelessness and contempt for public opinion. Perhaps the extra delay can be put to good use in finding more markets for coal. I do not accept that a government can hide behind 'market forces' for the manifest wrecking of a key industry.

Yours faithfully,

JOHN R. W. SMITH

Maidenhead, Berkshire

21 December

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