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  • "You are correct she hated the other options and the thought of being opposed.
    By anyone in the cabinet or outside she would not listen to resin.
    as sir ian found out she hate the the miner for the powerful force thay had and the very soild leadership they had when others waved the miner's stood .
    whether for the nurses or for steel and the railways and docks and never for get the the power worker when the asked. Thay had a tripartite agreement .
    with for unions at that time. Miners went on the pickit line with the steelmen
    and the railmen. When there was a threat to steel. Thay whould not allow lorrys at any pit when there was a local strike in an area. And you must remember another signurtey to the triple alliance . Was the transport and general. Miners and railmen stood. T.g did anything thay could to undermine and the steelmen fell for it contracts where made in the at that time that wouldrun for years and make local transport company's and the men who drove for them a lot of money. They got food and drink free at the llanwern club. Free of charge. I say that but they paid with there honor and there soils while others suffered. The coutry should arplologe to the miner's
    what they were told by the leadership was true and thay where vilavid for it.
    meny things happen in a dispute the miner's have apoulgesd for there wrongs
    IT IS TIME WE TOLD THEM THAT WAS THE OF AT TIRANT AND SHE WOULD NOT BE TOLD. SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR COMMUNITY THE LOSS JOBS
    AND THE OF RESPECT WE OWE THE MINER'S."
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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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