The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #113160   Message #2403002
Posted By: Stu
01-Aug-08 - 09:17 AM
Thread Name: BS: If you see Sid tell him . . .
Subject: RE: BS: If you see Sid tell him . . .
"and I was always amazed at the determination of mineworkers to preserve such jobs"

Because they were fighting for more than their jobs - they were trying to protect their communities. The mines were the centre of the entire local economy and the social structure of the local communities was based around the mines too, they pervaded every aspect of people's lives.

This was never really understood by the Tories, although I suspect Thatcher understood this fact perfectly.