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Re: Fired

Sounds like a bit of lefty oh-the-poor-suffering-masses historical

revisionism to me, Jonah.

In my home county (Northamptonshire) there was a much better-established

tradition of farm laborers who got dismissed from their jobs, usually for

drunkenness, setting fire to the offending farmer’s barn by way of revenge.

A large wooden barn full of hay was a much more tempting target for a

disgruntled employee than a brick-built laborer’s hovel was for a

disgruntled employer. And where would the farmer put the replacement

employee, anyway? The work had to be done by someone.

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