I don't recall being asked to vote for my countrymen to go to war. Whether we should sell off our national assetts, assetts that we all owned to make rich a few shareholders?
I don't recall being asked by "Bullying" politicians of the time if I wanted my local authority prevented from building new affordable housing for the vulnerable and/or most needy people in our society?? I can't recall my opinion being sought over the de-reg of the banking system which is rooted firmly and deeply in the mess we have today??
I was in BACM at the time of the strike.... and did my 12 months. I know exactly what it was like. I worked for the deputy chairman of BCC, Sir John Northard after the strike and was made well aware what the political drivers of the then government was and what the furture (or lack of it) held for the coal industry.
Some communities have never really recovered fronm that strike. That administration were intent on closing 95% of the industry and selling off just a small few of what was left of that industry. Many people involved in mining, associated businesses and their communities suffered greatly because of the political motivations of the time.
There are some deeply empassioned views from some families around featherstone who suffered because of the politics of the day.
I am not one who will celebrate the death of anyone, largely as the old woman that dies last week was not the Margret Thatch that inflicted her pain across many thousands of families and their communities. Her neurological deterioration was so severe she would not have had the capacity or memory recall to process what she presided over during her term in office. In essence Mrs Thatch died ten years ago!
But I certainly aren't going to condemn those that do wish to voice their legitimate feelings about the damage she did at that time.
I started work for BCC as a trainee accountant on sept 29th 1979. There were 232 pits, employing 229,000 people just underground. Add clerical, management, ancillary staff, transport, workshops, coal prep staff etc and that number rose to over 400, 000 employess.
I think there are four pits left now.
The industry has been obliterated. I too could go on but I'm reluctant to do so. The mines have gone.... so has Mrs Thatch. I shead no tears.
thanks for that Robin, i'm not afraid to say i hated that woman with a passion and i'm glad she's gone.