Duplicity over pit closure hit list

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on a visit to NEI Power Engineering Factory in Gateshead.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on a visit to NEI Power Engineering Factory in Gateshead.
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I have often thought that while Arthur Scargill and Margaret Thatcher deserved one another, the country deserved neither.

How remarkable to find out now - 30 years after the miners’ strike - that all along, there was actually a hit list of 75 pits earmarked for closure.

How much more remarkable that hardly any of us are surprised to hear that despite her denials and vociferous prattlings about “protecting democracy” (as she ruthlessly employed all the might her high and favoured positions allowed) Mrs T and her team knew there was such a list but were so ashamed of it, they hid it from the voters they so wished to protect, for the next 30 years.

Pictures in newspapers taken of G. Osborne at Thatcher’s funeral have opined he was crying. It would be nice to imagine it was over the duplicity of his party and its former leader.

Colin G. Eastwood

social housing tenants