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M MAY’S letter (February 25) states he hopes JJ, S6, has a long memory. Well, we were not all born yesterday.

The miners came out in the late 1940s for better conditions and more money, fair enough.

In the 1950s, the miners, steelworkers, shipbuilders and railway union men all took turns to strike. As usual, the railwaymen were at the end of the line. Restrictive practices and a demand for more money were the norm.

Irrespective of which party was in power, the communist- inspired union leaders kept up their onslaught on British industry into the 1960s.

When the motor vehicle industry workers were not on strike or go slow, they turned out vehicles that soon didn’t go at all, much to the joy of foreign manufacturers.

In the 1970s, the miners were out, the steelworkers were still taking it in turns to down tools if Joe did Fred’s job, although Ted was probably ‘off sick’ and the remains of the BMC was still turning out shoddy vehicles.

Nearing the end of the 1970s, the very rare pantomime goose died – on 1/4/77, to be precise. This rare bird had been founded by a man called ‘Brit Industry’ in 1947 and it died of a broken heart.

In the 1980s, along came Margaret Thatcher, with the union ‘little Caesars’ thinking this woman would be easy meat. Not once, in all this time, did any union leader object to the influx of immigrants to this country, or the failed asylum-seekers fiasco.

MP, S5