Mudcat Café message #2530291 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #12277   Message #2530291
Posted By: Jim Carroll
03-Jan-09 - 04:51 AM
Thread Name: Music: Police and Striking Miners
Subject: RE: Music: Police and Striking Miners
"I feel the same way about the miners strike, we really got done there."
Hope you're not putting this up as an excuse for not making the effort Al! Given that Thatcher's best friend was Augusto Pinochet, it's interesting to speculate what Thatcher might have tried if there had been no opposition!!! At the very least, Cats has the right of it.
By the way, there were heroes during the strike - thousands of them. They were the ones who made the sacrifice in the first place and voted to strike rather than accept mass redundancies, and the ones who turned out on the picket every morning, and the ones who stuck it out to the end, and the women who supported the strikers, ran the homes and made sure the kids were fed and clothed with no money coming in, and the fund-raisers, and those who put up with the police turning the country into a police state on behalf of Thatcher, and those who ignored the press scum telling us daily that the miners were 'holding the country to ransom, and all the other participants who seem to get ignored when these things happen. No big S on their chests, but heroes just the same.
If you want more conventional heroes, there's those who faced the baton charges and horses at Orgreave and the physical intimidation elsewhere.
Not forgetting Freddie Matthews who was crushed to death by a strikebreakers lorry at Keadby.
They all fit into my idea of 'heroes', and have my gratitude and admiration.
Scargill wasn't a hero - he did his job, but suppose when you think about the union officials who have sold us out, taken the establishment's shilling (and their place in the company boardrooms and in the House of Lords), I suppose doing your job is a form of heroism.
Jim Carroll