Saturday 10 June 2017

Clam meets Maggie Thatcher and the Miner's Strike.....

Not a good period in British history and one that destroyed livelihoods around the country, never mind just the those of the mining villages and towns themselves. Militant trade union met the bitch and she had the backing of the government, the army, the police force etc. She will forever be remembered as a destroyer by many however, this is a miniatures blog and not a political thing......I know so many people touched by the strikes that it does bear remembrance of where the wrong person in power can destroy a more here, here and here. One point has come to light recently in that so many of the people I know and respect around the miniature's industry may not have moved into the field if all this had not happened......scary food for thought.

Clam, he of the wonderful Clamshells & Seahorses blog, has painted up our Mags figure. I do so love it when I see the blog minis painted up! Lots more Politicos (love the name, thanks Pete Brown of The Mouldmaker)  to come, just a question of time and finances.......

Clam's post is here.

Any thoughts or whatevers, give me a shout on


Independentwargamesgroup said...

Normally I wouldn't comment about a political event, but like so many things, out of a lie something becomes accepted as true.
I am from the North East of England and was a participant in the Miners dispute, I traveled extensively throughout the country during the strike and was witness to many events. Right from day one until the very end. At no time whatsoever was there any use of the army.
That bollocks came about after certain sections of Scargill's enforcers decided it would be a good idea to set a light to a few police vans and a working miner's car.
After that, we were allowed to wear fireproof overalls, a new innovation in the early 1980's, shows how times have changed eh. Prior to that we were not allowed to use ant protective equipment because the Police, certainly in the North East abd Derbyshire didnt want to be seen as too heavy handed with the NUM, given the very close associations between the miners and the police. An awful lot of ex pitmen had left the industry to join the police.
The overalls didn't possess collar numbers on the epaulettes, and as a result the paranoid lie was created. 'Maggie's sent in the army.' One could argue all day about the rightness of the strike, but the deliberate lies and myths that have grown out of the whole event still make me angry.
No doubt a resurgent Labour will be demanding a public inquiry about Orgreave. Again so many exaggerations and deliberate lies has been built around that as well.

David Wood said...

Thanks Robbie. I won't amend my post otherwise your comment will seem strange.

Independentwargamesgroup said...

Thanks, thats very kind. Whenever I read something in the Guardian nowadays about the strike, I really wonder if I was actually there or that I just missed all the conspiracies that were supposed to have happened.