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Thread #12277   Message #2529144
Posted By: Jim Carroll
01-Jan-09 - 02:28 PM
Thread Name: Music: Police and Striking Miners
Subject: RE: Music: Police and Striking Miners
Don't you dare sneer at those who supported the miners as "armchair socialists" and "cross bearers looking for a hill".
We did what we could for a whole bunch of reasons; some of them political and for self-protection - the strike was as much about smashing the unions and robbing us of our voice as much as it was about redundancies - we found that quickly enough when the strike collapsed.
I'm sure you had your reasons for throwing your support behind Thatcher and becoming one of 'Maggie's miners'; I knew plenty who had just as good a reason for going back, but chose to bite the bullet and stay out.
I know from bitter experience what it was like to see your workmates cave in and wave their pay-packet under your nose on a Friday night.
Scargill did what he was elected to do and supported his men - it's a pity that all the miners didn't do the same.
Incidentally - "Music is an abstract."
Crap - music has always been used as a political weapon - some of the earliest songs - in Latin and English - can be found in Wright's Political Songs of England. Ireland and Scotland's political history is recorded in their songs.
The feller who wrote "If a man were permitted to make the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation" (Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun; 1655-1716) gets my vote any day.
Jim Carroll