Being of mining stock the demise of Margret Thatcher has been along awaited.
Take this song from my childhood years
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“Here’s Maggie Thatcher Throw Her Up and Catch Her…Squish Squash, Squish Squash….
As the consequences of the Brexit vote begin to sink in, the British political class are reeling in shock. Most commentators and even some politicians have realized that the vote reflects a catastrophic failure of government over many years to satisfy basic social and economic needs in former industrial areas – housing, jobs, decent wages, hope for future improvement – that has been distorted through the campaign rhetoric of immigration control. 2,538 more words
Michael Fass is a Senior Research Fellow at the Westcott Foundation, Cambridge, & former Chair of ICF (Industrial Christian Fellowship)
As the news came through about the latest job losses at Newport in South Wales and Redcar in the North East of England memories came back to me of the hard years of the two great recessions in 1981-1984 and 1989-1994. 2,249 more words
Unite members can help win justice for Ogreave miners
As one of the stalwarts of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC), Joe Rollin, a Unite industrial organiser from Barnsley, wants Unite members who have been very supportive so far to help provide the final push to persuade the home secretary Theresa May to order a public inquiry into the policing of events at the Orgreave Coking Plant on more than thirty years ago on June 18, 1984. 634 more words