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    Mr Angry wrote:
    ''If it weren't for employers there would be no jobs.'

    Oh and aren't we plebs supposed to be so so greatful. Treated like dirt, paid a piitance, oh yes Sir I know my place, dofts cap and tugs forlock
    I came from a working class background and my father was a member of a union and the Labour Party.
    I have never voted Labour myself though.
    Through sheer hard work and determination, I have managed to carve out a decent standard of living for myself and family.
    I realise that some people, by accident of birth, are born into money.
    If you are unfortunate enough not to be one of these, then you have to make your own way, it is as simple as that.
    There will always be people that are better off than me, but I say good luck to them. I would rather be envied than pitied."
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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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