Mudcat Café message #781827 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #12277   Message #781827
Posted By: GUEST,Boab
12-Sep-02 - 03:52 AM
Thread Name: Music: Police and Striking Miners
Subject: RE: Police and Striking Miners
If you want to be picky, Arthur Scargill DIDN'T tell the truth. He suggested that Thatcher was going to close twenty coal pits. He was wrong---she practically closed the bloody lot!! I had left my mining days behind when the strike arrived, but was closely involved in assisting my old mates as much as I was able. A tale; Hunterston ore terminal, Ayrshire was being used by the Tory Govt. to import blackleg coal. The Ayrshire miners set up a picket/blockade. One of my old mates was in the picket line. Suddenly, a busload of police arrived on the scene, and a melee began as they started to break up the picket. Somebody remarked on the fact that none of the cops had their number displayed on their uniform. My friend was taken aback when he suddenly came face to face with his own nephew among the "police" contingent. The lad had very recently joined the ARMY!---Go figure-----