No British miners’ tears for Thatcher

This 17 April 2013 video from Britain says about itself:

Mining village ‘celebrates’ Margaret Thatcher’s funeral

The funeral of Baroness Thatcher has been marked by residents of a village scarred by pit closures. Banners and bunting were hung in Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire, in protest at her policies, as mourners gathered for the funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral.

A horse-drawn, open coffin housing an effigy of the ex-prime minister was paraded through the village.

Heather Hopwood, landlady of the Rusty Dudley, in Goldthorpe, near Barnsley, said the village had “died” since the pit closure in 1994. She said: “It was a brilliant community, it was really busy, but now everything has gone dead because no-one has got any money, there’s no jobs.”

The effigy was put up outside the Union Jack social club with signs reading: “Thatcher the milk snatcher” and “Thatcher the scab”. One property in the town displayed a huge sign saying: “The Lady’s not for turning but tonight she’ll be for burning.”

Outside the Rusty Dudley, homemade banners were erected saying: “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, Thatcher’s Britain has gone bust” and “That’s another fine mess you’ve got us into Maggie”.

By Peter Lazenby at Easington Colliery in England:

Mining community remembers legacy of Thatcher

Wednesday 17 April 2013

In death, as in life, Margaret Thatcher left Britain divided today as working-class communities gathered for huge parties to celebrate her passing while a rag-bag of royals, political and business leaders arrived in London to mourn her death.

One of the biggest parties marking Thatcher’s death was held at Easington Colliery in County Durham, where former miners held a seven-hour gathering.

Easington Colliery was the last pit to close in the once-mighty Durham coalfield.

A commemoration to mark the 20th anniversary of its closure in April 1993, had been planned for months. Thatcher’s death brought an added incentive for the party in the community’s local club were prices were cut for the celebrations to a pound a pint.

Miners also arrived at Easington from Yorkshire, some wearing the distinctive yellow and black “COAL NOT DOLE” stickers worn in the 1984-85 strike.

Dave Douglass, who worked at Doncaster coalfield for 35 years, said he was there to mourn her birth as “she represented the system that we are all still suffering under.

“I’m also here to commemorate the loss of this pit and every pit in Great Britain,” he said.

“I have been watching so much psychotic drivel on the news this morning talking about the names of each horse in the funeral.

“It’s the kind of stage-managed stuff we see in North Korea.”

Former mining communities in Yorkshire were also at the heart of celebrations.

At one event rockets with images of Thatcher pasted on to them were ignited and soared skywards, exploding in bursts of colour.

At Dodworth outside Doncaster, where the pit once provided more than 1,000 jobs and was the economic bedrock of the community, celebrations lasted all day, culminating in an evening concert.

Former miners at south Elmsall in West Yorkshire booked a local hotel for a party, laying on a free buffet to all who joined in.

And National Union of Mineworkers Yorkshire area chairman Chris Skidmore took part in celebrations at Higham, near Doncaster.

“I worked at Bullcliffe Wood, one of the six pits on the original hit-list before the strike,” he said.

“People remember Cortonwood – but Bullcliffe was one as well.

“The lads always said we’d have a toast with champagne when she went.”

Scottish miners celebrate Thatcher’s funeral with whisky and morbid jokes. Wreaths are laid at memorial to dead pitmen at Monktonhall as one sacked miner says: ‘She destroyed Scotland’: here.

Thatcher’s funeral: Pomp in the service of political reaction: here.


19 thoughts on “No British miners’ tears for Thatcher

  1. Thatcher welcomed warlords to No 10

    Saturday 20 April 2013

    Ronnie Kasrils is right to point out Margaret Thatcher’s support for the Taliban in the past (M Star April 16). It’s a part of her record that should be fully explored in any honest assessment of her legacy.

    In 1986 Thatcher welcomed Afghan warlord Abdul Haq to this country, a man who had ordered a bomb to be planted at Kabul airport, which killed about 30 people.

    She also invited Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to London, one of the most cruel warlords, a man known to have thrown acid in women’s faces and trafficked in opium. And she called him a freedom fighter.

    It seems very unlikely that this will be mentioned in the Daily Mail, BBC and others.

    The fact that it hasn’t already been shouted from the rooftops is testament to the poverty of our mainstream commercial media.

    B O’Brien

    London N21


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  19. RAIL union leader Tosh McDonald admitted today that he loathed Margaret Thatcher so much that he set his alarm clock early so he could “hate her for an hour longer” each day.

    The president of train drivers’ union Aslef told the Labour Party conference he stopped the practice after the former prime minister’s death in 2013 but still wakes early.

    Delegates booed at the mention of Ms Thatcher, who Mr McDonald said came to power a month before he started work on the railway in 1979.

    He said: “I hated her. I wish I could be like Jeremy and rise above it, but I can’t.

    “I did set my alarm clock an hour earlier than I needed just so I could hate her for an hour longer.”


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