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  • "Some thirty years on the media is still largely dominated by the right-wing and it is extremely unhealthy to have a national media that largely shares and promotes exactly the same kind of opinion and slant on the reporting of news events. The British government is as non-transparent as ever and for some reason seems very scared of upsetting the mainstream media by implementing the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry. It almost makes you wonder whose pulling the strings here - what if the press have been in charge all along and had some secret information on cabinet ministers that they use to threaten the government with?

    And conveniently onto the release of government secret papers: whilst I feel that in general conspiracy theorists are more often than not deranged people with a far-right agenda, when a coroner's report concludes that the death of a British MI5 employee - such as Gareth Williams - was caused by locking himself in a hold-all bag my limits of accepting the official, establishment report of events is severely tested."
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Files show truth

First published in Letters

WITH the release of secret Government papers under the 30 year rule, at last the truth has come out about the 1984-5 miners strike. Despite all their denials at the time, Margaret Thatcher and the Tories had a hidden agenda to destroy the mining industry, through her well-planned strategy of killing off Britain’s weak, poorly-led Trade unions. She first struck at the engineering unions, and provoked a strike with British Leyland.

Her next target was the steel industry, which initiated the demise of the 10,000 strong Llanwern steel union membership.

The public sector followed, including nurses and the whole of the NHS. The railway union was next in line.

Arthur Scargill did his utmost to expose the half truths and downright lies.

However, with the help of the media – especially the London press and a hostile Parliament, including Welsh MPs, the lies of Thatcher and MacGregor began to stick. The miners fought a heroic fight back. Cardiff and our Valleys were at the centre of the world’s attention.

They were never defeated. They marched back to their pits and the prospect of a devastated community.

A lost generation of kids will forever curse Thatcher, MacGregor and the Tories.

Ray Davies Pandy Road Caerphilly

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