Tuesday, 10 March 2009

The enemy within

I don't know if it's available to watch again on iplayer... but BBC4 showed a very moving documentary about the Miners' Strike of 1984 last night...
I remember my grandma spitting at the t.v everytime Margaret Thatcher appeared, but I was a child, and just thought she was being funny. I never realised just how crazy the police offensive on the picketers, (or "the evil within" as Thatcher called the Miners) had been. She basically spearheaded one of the darkest attacks on "the British sense of fairness", whatever the "complexitites" of the situation...


Police cavalry attack women from the miners women's support group. Orgreave Coke Works Picket, Miner's Strike, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Date: 18/06/84 . Photo by John Harris.

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