13 thoughts on “No sycophantic Thatcher praise from British trade unions

    • Indeed, Jill. I agree with the Prescott quote. However, a bit of a problem here is that Prescott himself was in the Tony Blair administration which basically continued Thatcherism. If he would have spoken out then like now …

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  1. Ex-miners have last word at capital party

    Sunday 14 April 2013

    by Luke James

    Former miners were among hundreds of protesters who flooded London’s Trafalgar Square for an anti-Thatcher party on Saturday, despite facing a deluge of rain.

    Revelers of all ages drank champagne, waved sparklers and let off party poppers alongside a 7ft effigy of the former prime minister, as celebrations on the site of the 1990 poll tax riot continued until the early hours of today morning.

    Among them were 20 members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) who travelled from the north of England, Scotland and south Wales to join the protest and display their union’s banner with pride.

    In a passionate address to the crowds, NUM’s David Douglas defended Saturday’s celebrations and attacked Thatcher’s assaults on mining communities.

    He said: “We haven’t come here to insult anybody, we have come here to tell you there’s a different point of view than the one that the media have been pushing and ramming down our throats all the week.

    “Our families are markedly insulted of the eulogising of a woman who absolutely destroyed our communities.”

    He added that during the 1984-85 mining strikes, Thatcher’s government had “instructed the social security that no miner’s families had to have assistance for funerals.”

    Police said no damage was caused during the largely peaceful protests, which had no official organisers and attracted broad support.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/131689

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