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  • "Some pits WERE still viable. Where do we get our coal from now and how much does it cost. It wasn't a question of closing the pits because they weren't viable, she did it to destroy the unions as is in the report. I agree that Labour also haven't done enough to improve Wales situation but its one hell of a task to get an industry in that can replace the millions of jobs that were obliterated by Maggie. Don't forget she didn't just target mining unions. There was the nhs, the railway unions and the engineering unions. She wanted the workers to have no rights and she succeeded, but at a terrible cost to the country."
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Files show truth

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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