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    Labour closed more mines than the Tories!


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    Absolutely stunned when I read this in the paper today and have since checked it out and it is indeed true:

    Under Harold Wilson (Labour), Number of Mines Closed:290

    Under Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Number of Mines Closed:160


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      Excellent - but as he was Labour that makes it okay.... oh fickle fickle people.
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      Labour closed more mines than the Tories!


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      Absolutely stunned when I read this in the paper today and have since checked it out and it is indeed true:

      Under Harold Wilson (Labour), Number of Mines Closed:290

      Under Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Number of Mines Closed:160


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      You have to consider how many new pits were opened under each PM for a fuller picture and how many compulsory redundancies.
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      You have to consider how many new pits were opened under each PM for a fuller picture and how many compulsory redundancies.
      Politics - all about manipulating the stats...... :-)
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      or you could present it like this: Wilson the number of miners where reduced from 600k to 300k. I think it was a similar ratio under Thatcher too, but from a lower start (240 or 120? cant recall)
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      Ultimately, the person who brought the mining industry to its knees was Arthur Scargill. You can blame Thatcher as much as you like but his action in dividing the union and splitting the support was fatal.
      Ego-centric and power crazy, he was his own worst enemy.
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      272 reduction in the Labour governments. (27 per year)

      208 reduction in the Conservative governments. (12 per year)
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      154 reduction under Thatcher (14 per year)
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      Absolutely stunned when I read this in the paper today and have since checked it out and it is indeed true:

      Under Harold Wilson (Labour), Number of Mines Closed:290

      Under Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Number of Mines Closed:160


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      Needs a breakdown of the figures. How many pits closed because the coal seams were exhausted or had flooding/geological problems ?
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      Another ridiculous myth about Thatcher quelled.

      Like the one about the NHS cuts. Thatcher spent more on the NHS than Labour had done. FACT.

      But the looney lefties just want someone to blame for their own failures.

      Left wing politics never works. It's ideolistic baloney.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Mo Gosfield View Post
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      Ultimately, the person who brought the mining industry to its knees was Arthur Scargill. You can blame Thatcher as much as you like but his action in dividing the union and splitting the support was fatal.
      Ego-centric and power crazy, he was his own worst enemy.
      So nothing to do with Thatcher appointing McGregor as Chairman of the NCB after his hatchet jobs at British Leyland and British Steel ?
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