Durham coalfield rejoices at Margaret Thatcher's death

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

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The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Durham)

VETERANS of Britain's most bitter industrial dispute celebrated Margaret Thatcher's death last night.

Marilyn Johnson, who fed hungry families during the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike, has had a bottle of champagne ready to toast the former Prime Minister’s passing since the day the Strike ended. Today, she finally popped the cork.

Heather Wood, who marshalled emergency kitchens across the Durham coalfields, was in church when her son texted her the news.

“God forgive me but I wanted to jump up and shout: ‘Hallelujah!’,” she said.

Dave Hopper, secretary of the Durham Miners’ Association (DMA), said Mrs Thatcher had done more damage to the North-East than Adolf Hitler.

Baroness Thatcher became a hate figure in North-East coal mining communities during the 1980s, as thousands of families faced hunger and poverty.

Mrs Johnson’s husband Jimmy, who worked at Easington colliery, helped to run soup kitchens – what she called “the free caf”.

“We were feeding 250 people a day,” she says, “Up to 500 in the school holidays.”

The first bottle of champagne bought to mark Mrs Thatcher’s death, she admits, is long drunk.

But it was quickly replaced and, when today’s news broke, Jimmy was tasked with finding it – hidden in the bottom of a cupboard, it turned out.

“The first thing I thought was: ‘Get the bottle of champagne’,” the 66-year-old grandmother says.

“It was a relief. I was beginning to think she would outlive us.

“It sounds awful. I never speak ill of the dead. But I really hated that woman with a passion.

“She was evil – vile. Even when she was old she looked evil. I feel like I’ve won the Lottery.”

Marilyn mourns over Easington’s current plight – and blames the former Tory PM for it all.

“She destroyed communities,” she says.

“We had a lovely community. Now we’ve moved because where we were it’s all drugs and police with battering rams.”

Jimmy, now 68, never worked after the pits closed and now survives on his miner’s pension.

“It was hard,” he says, “And she’s why the country’s in the state it’s in now.”

Mrs Wood, now 61, agrees.

“What she started, Cameron is finishing. He’s a child of Thatcher – and so was Tony Blair,” she says.

Back in 1984, as a Labour Party member, she became chair of the Save Easington Area Mines relief fund – feeding hundreds.

“It was sad, bad, happy, fun, life-changing – especially for women, exciting and stressful,” she says.

“I wouldn’t wish anybody dead. But she was a horrible woman – a witch.

“But she never broke our spirit. I’m so excited. I feel like I’ve won the Pools.”

Dave Hopper, secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM) Durham branch during the Strike, said there would be so sympathies for Lady Thatcher and her victims would not be sorry about her demise.

Mr Hopper, who celebrates his 70th birthday today, said: “It’s a great day. With the despair and destitution she has brought to bear on mining villages in the North-East, we’ve got no sympathies. We’re out now to celebrate.

“She did more damage to us than Hitler did. Hundreds and thousands of lives probably lives have been destroyed – and futures have been destroyed.

“There will be a tremendous amount of celebration. It’s a great day for us.”

Fred Robinson, a Durham University professor, said the 1980s was a tough and unpleasant time and people felt Mrs Thatcher didn’t care about the North-East.

“The country is much more divided now,” he said.

“Before, we had a sense of mutual respect. The community was very important. It’s what we cherished.

“The whole Thatcher period and much that’s happened since has undermined that.”

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6:54pm Mon 8 Apr 13

Birdyy says...

She passed away this morning so how come they celebrated last night!
She passed away this morning so how come they celebrated last night! Birdyy
  • Score: -9

7:13pm Mon 8 Apr 13

jojohnsuk says...

They celebrated today actually
They celebrated today actually jojohnsuk
  • Score: 7

7:16pm Mon 8 Apr 13

David Lacey says...

Sick people. I hope that one day they are blessed with compassion and the realisation how wrong they are.
Sick people. I hope that one day they are blessed with compassion and the realisation how wrong they are. David Lacey
  • Score: -18

7:20pm Mon 8 Apr 13

jojohnsuk says...

David Lacey wrote:
Sick people. I hope that one day they are blessed with compassion and the realisation how wrong they are.
Can i just ask.....were you involved in the miners strike at all?
[quote][p][bold]David Lacey[/bold] wrote: Sick people. I hope that one day they are blessed with compassion and the realisation how wrong they are.[/p][/quote]Can i just ask.....were you involved in the miners strike at all? jojohnsuk
  • Score: 8

7:36pm Mon 8 Apr 13

Voice-of-reality says...

This sets a very nasty tone for the north east - a shame people have chosen to show themselves up publically rather than having a little more decorum. If I were in a position of considering whether to invest in the north-east - such a mentality would not incline me so to do.
This sets a very nasty tone for the north east - a shame people have chosen to show themselves up publically rather than having a little more decorum. If I were in a position of considering whether to invest in the north-east - such a mentality would not incline me so to do. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -13

7:47pm Mon 8 Apr 13

ArtDecoGirlie says...

They knew last night?! How come they didn't let the rest of the world know until today?
They knew last night?! How come they didn't let the rest of the world know until today? ArtDecoGirlie
  • Score: -7

7:54pm Mon 8 Apr 13

g8crasher says...

Sad pathetic people. Makes me ashamed to be from the North East
Sad pathetic people. Makes me ashamed to be from the North East g8crasher
  • Score: -10

8:54pm Mon 8 Apr 13

Longbowman666 says...

Have to agree with voice-of-reality. Death is death, and is a terrible shock to those a person leaves behind even when it is expected. These 'people' should be ashamed of their mentailty - the same mentality that blames everyone else for what happened and makes themselves out to be painted saints! Yes, it was a tragedy what happened to the mining industry, but Scargill et al all knew the writing was on the wall.

Simple economics - if a product can be found cheaper elsewhere then that is where people will go. This is what happened to coal, only people at the time were blinded by their own inherited ideaology and by those who ranted and raved about it, led by the nose.

'King Coal' had it all their own way for far too long and got knocked down...
Have to agree with voice-of-reality. Death is death, and is a terrible shock to those a person leaves behind even when it is expected. These 'people' should be ashamed of their mentailty - the same mentality that blames everyone else for what happened and makes themselves out to be painted saints! Yes, it was a tragedy what happened to the mining industry, but Scargill et al all knew the writing was on the wall. Simple economics - if a product can be found cheaper elsewhere then that is where people will go. This is what happened to coal, only people at the time were blinded by their own inherited ideaology and by those who ranted and raved about it, led by the nose. 'King Coal' had it all their own way for far too long and got knocked down... Longbowman666
  • Score: -8

9:11pm Mon 8 Apr 13

Birdyy says...

It is understandable that some people are going to 'celebrate' this (sick yes!). A reaction to their experience which they are entitled too.
It is understandable that some people are going to 'celebrate' this (sick yes!). A reaction to their experience which they are entitled too. Birdyy
  • Score: -12

9:20pm Mon 8 Apr 13

hemmi1 says...

so sorry just heard the sad news
it said she died peacefully after a stroke

she should have died screaming in pain begging forgivness for the suffering she put the working classes through long may she rot in hell
so sorry just heard the sad news it said she died peacefully after a stroke she should have died screaming in pain begging forgivness for the suffering she put the working classes through long may she rot in hell hemmi1
  • Score: -1

9:32pm Mon 8 Apr 13

Longbowman666 says...

Watch the chip on the shoulder hemmi1, seems to be getting a bit heavy...
Watch the chip on the shoulder hemmi1, seems to be getting a bit heavy... Longbowman666
  • Score: -13

9:40pm Mon 8 Apr 13

jojohnsuk says...

I don't celebrate a death however i do not agree with her being made out to being this fantastic woman either. I was a child in the 'thatcher years' and lived through the miners strike, saw the way hard working men were treated by the police and the heartache my family went through. Watching an innocent man in his 70's being dragged to the floor by police with batons just for standing on his doorstep and his wife shrieking for them to stop, this being one of many memories i have as i walked to school....so forgive me for feeling a tad bitter. There were many negatives to that woman....
I don't celebrate a death however i do not agree with her being made out to being this fantastic woman either. I was a child in the 'thatcher years' and lived through the miners strike, saw the way hard working men were treated by the police and the heartache my family went through. Watching an innocent man in his 70's being dragged to the floor by police with batons just for standing on his doorstep and his wife shrieking for them to stop, this being one of many memories i have as i walked to school....so forgive me for feeling a tad bitter. There were many negatives to that woman.... jojohnsuk
  • Score: 28

10:16pm Mon 8 Apr 13

Lisharber says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
This sets a very nasty tone for the north east - a shame people have chosen to show themselves up publically rather than having a little more decorum. If I were in a position of considering whether to invest in the north-east - such a mentality would not incline me so to do.
Margaret Thatcher showed no compassion for the North East and destroyed communities and lives. This is an emotive subject for many people such as myself who saw what she did to the North. She is despised by many for a reason even to this day, and comments such as yours are irrelevant to us. This is the woman who called Nelson Mandela a terrorist and was close friends with the dictator Pinochet- says everything really.
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: This sets a very nasty tone for the north east - a shame people have chosen to show themselves up publically rather than having a little more decorum. If I were in a position of considering whether to invest in the north-east - such a mentality would not incline me so to do.[/p][/quote]Margaret Thatcher showed no compassion for the North East and destroyed communities and lives. This is an emotive subject for many people such as myself who saw what she did to the North. She is despised by many for a reason even to this day, and comments such as yours are irrelevant to us. This is the woman who called Nelson Mandela a terrorist and was close friends with the dictator Pinochet- says everything really. Lisharber
  • Score: 19

6:33am Tue 9 Apr 13

Taxpaying Homeowner says...

If you have to blame anyone blame the Unions and also the people who were on strike have to take some responsibility. Coal as an industry was massively subsidised. Unsustainable.

She had no option than to stand up to the Unions, meanwhile it was the people in the mining community that suffered..... Not at the hands of government but the stubbornness of the people involved.

The vicious comments here show that some people are stuck well and truly in the past.....
If you have to blame anyone blame the Unions and also the people who were on strike have to take some responsibility. Coal as an industry was massively subsidised. Unsustainable. She had no option than to stand up to the Unions, meanwhile it was the people in the mining community that suffered..... Not at the hands of government but the stubbornness of the people involved. The vicious comments here show that some people are stuck well and truly in the past..... Taxpaying Homeowner
  • Score: -9

6:50am Tue 9 Apr 13

jd6620 says...

Miners were led by the nose by King Arthur who thought he was God, but met his match in Maggie. R I P.
Miners were led by the nose by King Arthur who thought he was God, but met his match in Maggie. R I P. jd6620
  • Score: 3

8:13am Tue 9 Apr 13

glyn says...

She showed no compassion for anyone North of Luton. Why should we show compassion for her (her son-Mark- would have been locked up if had been born to any one else) .It's not JUST about the miners, its about the working class generally.
Say what you like about Arthur Scargill but beyond the rantings if you listen to the words he was 100% correct in what he said
She showed no compassion for anyone North of Luton. Why should we show compassion for her (her son-Mark- would have been locked up if had been born to any one else) .It's not JUST about the miners, its about the working class generally. Say what you like about Arthur Scargill but beyond the rantings if you listen to the words he was 100% correct in what he said glyn
  • Score: 5

9:37am Tue 9 Apr 13

hemmi1 says...

rotton to the core
now rotting to the core a fitting tribute to an ultra nazi leader
rotton to the core now rotting to the core a fitting tribute to an ultra nazi leader hemmi1
  • Score: 1

9:38am Tue 9 Apr 13

Voice-of-reality says...

Of course, former Labour leaders have been friends of dicators who slaughtered millions. In contrast, Pinochet was a great friend when it came to the Falklands and 'one man's freedom fighter, is often another's terrorist'
Of course, former Labour leaders have been friends of dicators who slaughtered millions. In contrast, Pinochet was a great friend when it came to the Falklands and 'one man's freedom fighter, is often another's terrorist' Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -1

11:02am Tue 9 Apr 13

oldtimer39 says...

isnt it funny how the scum come out when the people involved are not here to defend themselves, I AM NOT A THATCHERITE OR TORY but those people celebrating her death have never said a word while she was alive,its a pitty that the scum we have in parliment now dont have half of her guts to stand up for england, they are more concerned about other countries and holding their heads up, cameron and his crew spend 80% of their time in other countries, maggie stood up for what she believed in was right, and wqas stabbed in the back by her own members, but as for the miners starving, I was one , but she did not cause the strikes scargill and his elite did, the mines in the north were running at a loss and he demanded more money, the british workers have killed a hell of a lot of industry be being greedy. so all you moaners who are celebrating sit down and think why industries closed down in england,
isnt it funny how the scum come out when the people involved are not here to defend themselves, I AM NOT A THATCHERITE OR TORY but those people celebrating her death have never said a word while she was alive,its a pitty that the scum we have in parliment now dont have half of her guts to stand up for england, they are more concerned about other countries and holding their heads up, cameron and his crew spend 80% of their time in other countries, maggie stood up for what she believed in was right, and wqas stabbed in the back by her own members, but as for the miners starving, I was one , but she did not cause the strikes scargill and his elite did, the mines in the north were running at a loss and he demanded more money, the british workers have killed a hell of a lot of industry be being greedy. so all you moaners who are celebrating sit down and think why industries closed down in england, oldtimer39
  • Score: 2

11:17am Tue 9 Apr 13

mark.wilkinson says...

It's this kind of mentality that will ensure that certain areas of the North East remains stuck, firmly in the dark ages.

Pathetic Pit Village mentality. Get over yourselves you stupid cavemen.
It's this kind of mentality that will ensure that certain areas of the North East remains stuck, firmly in the dark ages. Pathetic Pit Village mentality. Get over yourselves you stupid cavemen. mark.wilkinson
  • Score: -3

11:32am Tue 9 Apr 13

Nat_1984 says...

What a shame that The Northern Echo deems it acceptable to publish this - an appalling article.
What a shame that The Northern Echo deems it acceptable to publish this - an appalling article. Nat_1984
  • Score: -4

12:10pm Tue 9 Apr 13

Voice-of-reality says...

Perhaps it could interview one of the countless thousands who did vote for her - perhaps liberated council tenants, successful university graduates who had more options that being expected to 'go down tut pit'. Or even just those who have an ability to be more balanced - many of the positives that we take for granted today would not have happened without her
Perhaps it could interview one of the countless thousands who did vote for her - perhaps liberated council tenants, successful university graduates who had more options that being expected to 'go down tut pit'. Or even just those who have an ability to be more balanced - many of the positives that we take for granted today would not have happened without her Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 2

12:20pm Tue 9 Apr 13

mark.wilkinson says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
Perhaps it could interview one of the countless thousands who did vote for her - perhaps liberated council tenants, successful university graduates who had more options that being expected to 'go down tut pit'. Or even just those who have an ability to be more balanced - many of the positives that we take for granted today would not have happened without her
Well said. Shame that people can't see both sides of the same story/legacy.
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Perhaps it could interview one of the countless thousands who did vote for her - perhaps liberated council tenants, successful university graduates who had more options that being expected to 'go down tut pit'. Or even just those who have an ability to be more balanced - many of the positives that we take for granted today would not have happened without her[/p][/quote]Well said. Shame that people can't see both sides of the same story/legacy. mark.wilkinson
  • Score: 2

12:46pm Tue 9 Apr 13

hemmi1 says...

this subject seems to get the tory boys backs up
naughty northern echo
this subject seems to get the tory boys backs up naughty northern echo hemmi1
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Tue 9 Apr 13

mark.wilkinson says...

hemmi1 wrote:
this subject seems to get the tory boys backs up
naughty northern echo
pot and kettle springs to mind.
[quote][p][bold]hemmi1[/bold] wrote: this subject seems to get the tory boys backs up naughty northern echo[/p][/quote]pot and kettle springs to mind. mark.wilkinson
  • Score: 0

1:13pm Tue 9 Apr 13

hemmi1 says...

so sorry just heard the sad news
it said she died peacefully after a stroke

she should have died screaming in pain begging forgivness for the suffering she put the working classes through long may she rot in hell”
so sorry just heard the sad news it said she died peacefully after a stroke she should have died screaming in pain begging forgivness for the suffering she put the working classes through long may she rot in hell” hemmi1
  • Score: -3

1:20pm Tue 9 Apr 13

Birdyy says...

Who says she was a divisive figure!

Before people get to gloomy on the NE it is worth noting that the process industries produce £8 billion GDP, which represents about 25% of the region’s GDP.

It is not all bad news.

The Teesside Petrochemical cluster is the largest integrated chemicals complex in the UK in terms of manufacturing capacity.
The North East Pharmaceuticals includes the top three global pharmaceutical manufacturers producing in excess of 33% of the UK’s pharmaceutical GDP (£1.1billion).

So says NEPIC.. Rejoice free market economics.......
Who says she was a divisive figure! Before people get to gloomy on the NE it is worth noting that the process industries produce £8 billion GDP, which represents about 25% of the region’s GDP. It is not all bad news. The Teesside Petrochemical cluster is the largest integrated chemicals complex in the UK in terms of manufacturing capacity. The North East Pharmaceuticals includes the top three global pharmaceutical manufacturers producing in excess of 33% of the UK’s pharmaceutical GDP (£1.1billion). So says NEPIC.. Rejoice free market economics....... Birdyy
  • Score: 1

1:25pm Tue 9 Apr 13

behonest says...

hemmi1 wrote:
so sorry just heard the sad news
it said she died peacefully after a stroke

she should have died screaming in pain begging forgivness for the suffering she put the working classes through long may she rot in hell”
Posting your same comment twice in one day? Go on, post it a third time.

But it'll still be a sh1t comment.
[quote][p][bold]hemmi1[/bold] wrote: so sorry just heard the sad news it said she died peacefully after a stroke she should have died screaming in pain begging forgivness for the suffering she put the working classes through long may she rot in hell”[/p][/quote]Posting your same comment twice in one day? Go on, post it a third time. But it'll still be a sh1t comment. behonest
  • Score: 1

1:32pm Tue 9 Apr 13

mark.wilkinson says...

hemmi1 wrote:
so sorry just heard the sad news
it said she died peacefully after a stroke

she should have died screaming in pain begging forgivness for the suffering she put the working classes through long may she rot in hell”
Stupid little Troll.
[quote][p][bold]hemmi1[/bold] wrote: so sorry just heard the sad news it said she died peacefully after a stroke she should have died screaming in pain begging forgivness for the suffering she put the working classes through long may she rot in hell”[/p][/quote]Stupid little Troll. mark.wilkinson
  • Score: -3

2:42pm Tue 9 Apr 13

Oaky says...

The Iron Lady - May she rust in peace!
The Iron Lady - May she rust in peace! Oaky
  • Score: 2

4:03pm Tue 9 Apr 13

hemmi1 says...

so sorry just heard the sad news
it said she died peacefully after a stroke

she should have died screaming in pain begging forgivness for the suffering she put the working classes through long may she rot in hell”
so sorry just heard the sad news it said she died peacefully after a stroke she should have died screaming in pain begging forgivness for the suffering she put the working classes through long may she rot in hell” hemmi1
  • Score: -5

4:04pm Tue 9 Apr 13

hemmi1 says...

rotton to the core
now rotting to the core a fitting tribute to an ultra nazi leader
rotton to the core now rotting to the core a fitting tribute to an ultra nazi leader hemmi1
  • Score: -5

4:09pm Tue 9 Apr 13

mark.wilkinson says...

hemmi1 wrote:
rotton to the core
now rotting to the core a fitting tribute to an ultra nazi leader
Is your needle stuck?

Please be a little more original and stop repeating yourself.

Good boy.
[quote][p][bold]hemmi1[/bold] wrote: rotton to the core now rotting to the core a fitting tribute to an ultra nazi leader[/p][/quote]Is your needle stuck? Please be a little more original and stop repeating yourself. Good boy. mark.wilkinson
  • Score: 3

5:02pm Tue 9 Apr 13

Northamboy says...

Margaret Thatcher was a mother and Grandmother and she has died.


What's to celebrate in that?
Margaret Thatcher was a mother and Grandmother and she has died. What's to celebrate in that? Northamboy
  • Score: 4

6:05pm Tue 9 Apr 13

hippyjohn says...

to taxpaying homeowner Have you any money in the bank.that was the industry lauded as the saviour of britain by thatcherites.the greed of the bankers have nearly bankrupted this country and we have no industry left due to maggie
to taxpaying homeowner Have you any money in the bank.that was the industry lauded as the saviour of britain by thatcherites.the greed of the bankers have nearly bankrupted this country and we have no industry left due to maggie hippyjohn
  • Score: 1

7:36pm Tue 9 Apr 13

Lifetime Townie says...

I don't see any mention of Arthur Scargill in these threads on Margaret Thatcher?
I don't see any mention of Arthur Scargill in these threads on Margaret Thatcher? Lifetime Townie
  • Score: 2

7:45pm Tue 9 Apr 13

BornInTheNorth says...

Firstly, disgusted by the newspaper to even think about running a story like this, let alone publishing it!!!!

Secondly, today is the first time I've not been proud to say I'm from the north east. I was born and brought up in a pit village in County Durham in the 80's, and it is apparent to me now, the mentality hasn't changed one tiny little bit. Trapped in a bubble, the real world far far away, what state exactly do you think this country would be in had Thatcher not been PM? Still down the pits digging coal? Of course not!!! Yes, it caused mass mass suffering at the time, but it was needed. Great Britain coud not maintain the status quotes quo with such huge trade union importance, it had to be done.

Oh I'm sure I'll be slated for that, but, be safe in the knowledge, you 20th century views and opinions will leave you a very very bitter and twisted person.

One final thing..... All those sick narrow minded bigots, who would have been your choice of PM, and where would te UK be now without Thatcherism?
Firstly, disgusted by the newspaper to even think about running a story like this, let alone publishing it!!!! Secondly, today is the first time I've not been proud to say I'm from the north east. I was born and brought up in a pit village in County Durham in the 80's, and it is apparent to me now, the mentality hasn't changed one tiny little bit. Trapped in a bubble, the real world far far away, what state exactly do you think this country would be in had Thatcher not been PM? Still down the pits digging coal? Of course not!!! Yes, it caused mass mass suffering at the time, but it was needed. Great Britain coud not maintain the status quotes quo with such huge trade union importance, it had to be done. Oh I'm sure I'll be slated for that, but, be safe in the knowledge, you 20th century views and opinions will leave you a very very bitter and twisted person. One final thing..... All those sick narrow minded bigots, who would have been your choice of PM, and where would te UK be now without Thatcherism? BornInTheNorth
  • Score: 2

8:28pm Tue 9 Apr 13

Birdyy says...

Without Thatcher Britain would be in the same place. Change would have happened regardless.
Without Thatcher Britain would be in the same place. Change would have happened regardless. Birdyy
  • Score: 0

9:35pm Tue 9 Apr 13

tommccabe says...

Arm no miner but am luvin dis party atmosphere thankz to old Maggy Thachter.
Arm no miner but am luvin dis party atmosphere thankz to old Maggy Thachter. tommccabe
  • Score: -2

11:18pm Tue 9 Apr 13

mark.wilkinson says...

tommccabe wrote:
Arm no miner but am luvin dis party atmosphere thankz to old Maggy Thachter.
Erm, in English please.......

You obviously haven't benefitted from our wonderful state school system.

Must try harder.
[quote][p][bold]tommccabe[/bold] wrote: Arm no miner but am luvin dis party atmosphere thankz to old Maggy Thachter.[/p][/quote]Erm, in English please....... You obviously haven't benefitted from our wonderful state school system. Must try harder. mark.wilkinson
  • Score: 4

6:21am Wed 10 Apr 13

jd6620 says...

glyn wrote:
She showed no compassion for anyone North of Luton. Why should we show compassion for her (her son-Mark- would have been locked up if had been born to any one else) .It's not JUST about the miners, its about the working class generally.
Say what you like about Arthur Scargill but beyond the rantings if you listen to the words he was 100% correct in what he said
He only told you what you wanted to hear, & lead miners up a blind alley.
[quote][p][bold]glyn[/bold] wrote: She showed no compassion for anyone North of Luton. Why should we show compassion for her (her son-Mark- would have been locked up if had been born to any one else) .It's not JUST about the miners, its about the working class generally. Say what you like about Arthur Scargill but beyond the rantings if you listen to the words he was 100% correct in what he said[/p][/quote]He only told you what you wanted to hear, & lead miners up a blind alley. jd6620
  • Score: 0

8:21am Wed 10 Apr 13

Cliveclive says...

Some of these comments show just how naive the ex pit community are even if the pits had still been open who would have bought the coal ??? who knows how much a miner who have been paid by now probably as much as some bankers . Not sure why they whinge as much as they do , they got massive redundancy packages compensation for chest diseases and Vibration White Finger for people who never even went down the pit .
I wasn't old enough to vote at the time but she was vote in by the British public three times fair and square so the majority must have thought that she was doing a good good not the minority as the few miners where after labour goverment closed most of the pits in the 70's http://www.thecommen
tator.com/article/14
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live_the_spite_of_sh
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Some of these comments show just how naive the ex pit community are even if the pits had still been open who would have bought the coal ??? who knows how much a miner who have been paid by now probably as much as some bankers . Not sure why they whinge as much as they do , they got massive redundancy packages compensation for chest diseases and Vibration White Finger for people who never even went down the pit . I wasn't old enough to vote at the time but she was vote in by the British public three times fair and square so the majority must have thought that she was doing a good good not the minority as the few miners where after labour goverment closed most of the pits in the 70's http://www.thecommen tator.com/article/14 97/thatcher_s_achiev ements_will_long_out live_the_spite_of_sh effield_s_sons_and_d aughters Cliveclive
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Wed 10 Apr 13

sineater says...

Lord Tebbit said recently that it had been a mistake to shut the pits down so quickly,of course they would have closed eventually,because all fossil fuels have finite reserves( something opponents of new technology are blind to).
Lord Tebbit said recently that it had been a mistake to shut the pits down so quickly,of course they would have closed eventually,because all fossil fuels have finite reserves( something opponents of new technology are blind to). sineater
  • Score: 0

11:30pm Wed 10 Apr 13

Apples&pears says...

Rumour has it maggie had only been in hell for 5 mins and she had shut 2 of the furnaces down.
Rumour has it maggie had only been in hell for 5 mins and she had shut 2 of the furnaces down. Apples&pears
  • Score: 2

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