The call for the strike

Arthur Scargill
Arthur Scargill
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Cameron Fletcher gives us some facts regarding the miners strike 1984-5, (October 18), but for some reason forgets to give us the main fact and basis why the strike was called.

The strike in Yorkshire relied on a ballot from January 1981, in which 85.6 per cent of the members voted to strike if any pit was threatened with closure on economic grounds, a sizable majority I would suggest? Cortonwood became the chosen colliery.

Even the high court did not make this three-year-old ballot illegal.

Thatcher and MacGregor said they had no intention of closing any more pits when Scargill claimed they would close at least 70.

Government papers released in 2014 show Scargill was right and Thatcher and her henchmen were all liars.

The mining industry totally destroyed “at a stroke”.

Not myths but facts.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Terry Palmer

South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74