17) By canalising
disputes into state controlled courts the aim of the power elite was the elimination of strikes and the neutering of independent trade unions, as legal preoccupations displaced the role of direct action in industrial affairs.
As early as 1769, the Stockton pewterer, Edmund Harvey, had advocated canalising
the Tees between Thomas Hustler's Newport granary/warehouse and Stockton, by "beheading" the two loops at their isthmuses, thus shortening the sailing distance by four miles.
The Romans were a litigious lot and created a vast structure of law which saved the Republic by canalising
disputes into the courts.
He points out that, fromthe castle, visitors were able to appreciate the "extraordinary achievement of canalising
the River Clwyd to allow boats to reach the castle from the sea".