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    BassalegCountyFan wrote:
    Ray Davies has written an excellent letter.
    These files show that a British government was willing to conspire against its own people to eliminate political opposition. Scargill was by no means perfect, but he was right.
    thatcher's war against the miners wasn't as she claimed because coal was the past (we import millions of tonnes of coal to Britain from Poland and Japan every year) but because her government, and the detestable Ian McGregor, wanted to destroy the ideas of trade unionism, solidarity and co-operation that mining areas represented - ideas that went against tory politics of greed and ruthless self-interest.
    The miners were the best of British, thatcher and her government were the worst.
    BassalegCountyFan says...

    Ray Davies has written an excellent letter. I wonder what will be said in thirty years time, when we talk about Mr Davies and the other councillors of all parties in the CCBC have done to the Caerphilly area, with the constant bad press coming out of this council."
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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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