Editors. "A drastic Irish Crimes Act is passed". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=18959, accessed 15 March 2014.]
The new Chief Secretary for Ireland, Arthur Balfour, pushes through Parliament a harsh Irish Crimes Act (known as the 'Coercion Act'), aimed at repressing the natoinalist practices of boycotting, intimidation and organised opposition to rent payments. As a result of this Act becoming law, hundreds of people are committed to prison, including twenty MPs.