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    endthelies wrote:
    That's right bcf. it had hardly anything to do with unviable pits and everything to do with overthrowing the unions. As I said before, not just the NUM but steelworks, nhs etc etc. The list goes on and on. Lies have been told for generations but now the truth is out and there's no denying it.
    100% agreed endthelies, thatcher's crusade was really against the British working-classes and more widely the British values of fair play and co-operation. It made no economic sense to close the pits and steelworks - they were politically motivated moves that the country is still paying the price for.

    David Cameron should issue a public apology for the behaviour of the British government during the Miners' Strike. Just like in the case of the Hillsborough Disaster, the powers that be actively conspired against the people, and we must ensure this never happens again."
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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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