„This Coercion Act professes to be in the main an Act directed against conspiracy, and conspiracy is a bad thing. But under the name of conspiracy we say that it is directed against combination. Combination is not always a very good thing, but combination is very often the sole means by which the weak can protect themselves against the strong, the poor against the wealthy.“
— William Ewart Gladstone British Liberal politician and prime minister of the United Kingdom 1809 - 1898
Speech in London (30 June 1888), quoted in The Times (2 July 1888), p. 7.