It was Twenty-six years ago today that the UK Miners’ Strike of 1984-85 finally ended in defeat for Arthur Scargill and the National Union of Mineworkers.
It was with deep regret and anger that still festers in some mining villages, that the miners reluctantly and bitterly voted to return to work, The strike, lasted just two days short of a year. It was Britain’s longest and largest industrial dispute.
This was the pivotal turning point when Britain’s Left was brutally, comprehensively and irrevocably subjugated. Margaret Thatcher had crushed the Unions.
She was popular in Britain, having just won the Falklands War. She won the “Coal War” by stockpiling two years’ worth of coal before announcing the pit closures that triggered the Miners Strike.
The passage of time is beginning to prove that she was right as coal is now seen as an irresponsible fuel. It’s still very hard to come to terms with the loss of the whole of the coal industry, especially when, at the time of the strike, school teachers were still telling children that coal reserves would last another 300 years.
There lies a problem for many UK businesses. You just don’t know what’s around the corner. One year you may be planning a trip of a lifetime, the next you may be planning a Company Voluntary Arrangement to get rid of a Winding up Petition issued by HMRC. Such is life!