There was a dirt road through our village. A few weeks before an election the government party's poll captain, who was ex officio the local road superintendent, would announce that the boys down in Halifax had instructed him to get her ready for pavin'. Men were hired to spread gravel, cut bushes and widen ditches…. The Saturday before election day the work stopped, and three or four years later (sooner if there was a by-election) they got her ready for pavin' again.
For seven days in July 1981 the politics of the Polish United Workers Party remained in the centre of attention of international media. The IXth Extraordinary Congress of the PUWP produced an unprecedented atmosphere of drama and suspense. When it was over, its importance was heralded by terms such as “a watershed,” and “a historic turning point.”