About: 25 years of the miners strike 1984-1985
As a young teenager at the time this was a horrid thing to live through.
My father wasn't a miner, but I played in a Miners Brass Band. Friend was pitted against friend, family members against family member.
Life long friendships were broken and there was a deep distrust and hatred that developed.
Some people have never managed to come back from the hurt this all caused/
ONLY LOSERS GIVE UP
The coal mining industry had been in decline for some decades. Oil being the main reason for the decline in demand for coal. Pits had been closing before thatcher arrived. The union leaders greed sped up the process and caused the confrontation! Crazy pay demands higher than the rate of inflation made them even more unprofitable! Scargill didn't care for decent miners. He just wanted to topple the govnt and see a communist state with himself as head! A more moderate leader could've kept them in work for longer
I love to see excited policemen, i bet they needed a shower afterwards to get rid of the smell but at least it was in a good cause
There was never any intention of safeguarding the mining industry by rationalisation,the intention was only to confront,dismantle,destroy,and then remove all evidence of the industry having been there.Even thirty years on,it fucking stinks!
Man, this sickens me even as Indian!! Thacher calling the workers enemy of democracy, all 165 thousands of them!! wow!! Such a brilliant mastermind! Stockpiling 58 million tonnes as a safety buffer before declaring the systematic closer!! Front picket line was full of woman and children!! I am very sorry to see this stunt pooled by a race established as civilized round the globe.
a failing industry, and poor miners lead by probably the most useless leader in scargill, up against Thatcher and the majority of the nation, right won, and the country prospered, thank you Maggie R.I.P.
Riddled with factual errors.
1. Mac's announcement wasn't made until March '84
2. The NEC didn't announce the strike on March 8th; they approved Area's taking action under Rule.41. The strike wasn't 'official' 'til the Special Delegates' Conference of April 19th.
I could go on but there are just too many.
People in every industry are injured and killed at work every year,esp my own.People need jobs,and the wages they produce,society in general needs the wealth that is generated from it all.Those involved took the risk,they knew the risk,no one should ever give their life for their job ideally,but there it is.
I suppose the only unfortunate thing about closing the mines is that we sadly don't hear about miners getting killed underground any more.
They were neither.Yes pits closed under HW,but Maggie wanted complete annahilation of the complete industry as a whole.Even the pits which led the way in modern,economic coal production,producing millions of tons a year in home produced energy,we still sit on a energy source capable of supplying for a generation,this country led the world in clean coal technology,something the tories fucked up the first chance they got.economics had no part in the closures at all.
The mines were worthless, loss-making industries that should ahve been closed in the 1960s.
Anyway more coal mines closed under Harold Wilson.
"loose their jobs" come on who is writing this. I was there supported my father through it - true facts deserve better spelling - or are we all dumbed down bastards
Go take a few history lessons,and learn something of the facts,how the fuck you can support a woman who decimated an industry,brought the country to the nearest thing we have ever had to martial law in a hundred years,left people without hope,jobs,is a fucking mystery to me.Seriously,go read something,you know nothing.
The economy took no part in the decimation of the pits,cost,profit,loss,none of it made any difference.The decision to break the NUM,and dismantle the coal industry in this country,the Ridley report,etc was made at the investiture of Margaret Thatcher,who wanted revenge for the downfall of the Heath administration.We are talking,spite,malice,revenge-not as you seem to think "simple" economics.The cost alone of breaking the strike proved that economics were not a factor in this matter at all.
Yeah, you're almost right Phil. I was 4 at that time. Even if I couldn't walking in your shoes, I do understand your frustration, nobody wants to lose job. At the end of the day the economy is simple: you can't spend more than you earn. I can't understand those who slag Maggie, where she was the one, who rebuild the economy! I still think Scabgill is an idiot who promised golden mounties to people like you. I am not gonna put you down for what you've done. Its just listening to the wrong person.
karlos you dont have a clue i was of those strikers u wasnt there u prob wasnt even born
i was a striking miner and believe this every thing scargil said came true i was on strike age 22 with 2 young kids my mine shut about a yr after the strike leaving my village desimated and still hasnt fully recovered 30yrs on
Baroness Thacher vs Conman Scabgill 3:0 (W.O.)