When Margaret Thatcher decided, in the mid-1980s, to crush Britain’s powerful trade unions, she had to pass laws restricting closed shops, banning sympathy strikes and making it possible to fire picketing workers. Then, during the miners strike and Rupert Murdock’s union-crushing Wapping dispute, when those laws proved insufficiently cruel, the Prime Minister sent in riot police to beat union protestors with wooden truncheons.
All Nick Denton had to do to crush Gawker’s fledgling union was wait…
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