QuoteOriginally posted by: exneratunriskQuoteOriginally posted by: FermionQuoteOriginally posted by: CuchulainnQuoteOriginally posted by: PaulDid Scargill get that Kremlin money in the end? To keep the strikes going. I can't recall the outcome.PI remember money being collected in Dundalk every week at the time. In some circles maybe the same thing .People contributed fivers and tenners on a regular basis all over the country. It was to feed the families of strikers because the union had insufficient money for strike pay. I am quite sure that striking miners would have greatly appreciated anything that came from the Kremlin without it making any difference to their opinion of the internal politics of the SU.But the fact that Thatcher was turning the UK into a giant US nuclear base was another hot issue at the time which I am quite sure had a major impact on the SU's decision to help the miners.It is impossible to asses the era from remote, because information about such events are deeply encapsulated in messages, opinions and appeals .. I confess, most of the "informations" I had, was from novels, fictions, ... But it was a tragedy in detail? Families and friendships were torn ... by the "ironness" of both sides?But trying to assess the Thatcher era in general, I ask myself: how much industry shall an industrialized country have? And is it a great motivation to weaken it "suddenly", because its workers are better "organized"? Could be embraced into the digging-holes-for-yourself problem? IMO, it belongs to the family of predictably-irrational behaviors ....As I mentioned, those younger than 50 have no recollection of these years.The error in judgement in many Western countries (after they discovered gas, oil and property) is that you could become rich by sitting on your assets and/or buying and selling property. How many people were old enough remember the spectacular house crash in 80's UK? What I remember is that the government of the time pitted miner against miner ... indeed, there is no society.The chickens have come home to roost.
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