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    endthelies wrote:
    Ask yourself what happened to the majority of the folk she left unemployed. Ask yourself did she enhance the valleys by closing the pits. Ask yourself would there be generations that have grown up with low unemployment and benefit dependency if she hadn't took the stance that she did. Or would we have a more viable economy if some other way could have been worked out rather than her stubborn idea that unions had to be destroyed at ANY cost.
    The idea of keeping something going just to keep people employed, regardless of the cost to the taxpayer or economy belongs to another era, mainly the Soviet one. It's interesting that in the 13 years of Labour rule since Thatcher they didn't think it a priority either. The job vacancies under recent Labour rule which British people could have taken were handed on a plate by Blair to mass immigration. Mandleson himself admitted that they used to pretty well dole passports out freehand to encourage people here. People crossed continents to take work that our own wouldn't leave Wales for. In a perfect world more could have been done to encourage this mobility here but to lay the blame entirely at Thatchers door is simplistic in the extreme."
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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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