Why Coal And Industrial Revolution Go Hand In Glove: UK Demands New Investigation Of Thatcher Breaking Up Mining Union

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Margret Thatcher used her victory over Argentina in the Falklands War to go to war against the miner’s union in Britain which was still a major manufacturing power in the 1980s before free trade destroyed it. It is no idle chance that coal production in Britain, home of the Industrial Revolution, continues to fall along with manufacturing power which is falling equally fast.  The US is pursuing this exact same route after Reagan killed the unions and both Bushes and Clinton (and Hillary in the future) push for ‘free trade’ and ending coal burning due to ‘global warming’.


In England, the news is all about calls to reinvestigate the crushing of the coal miner’s unions way back in 1984.  Hillsborough families support call for public inquiry into policing at Orgreave | UK news | The Guardian:


The families of people killed at Hillsborough have thrown their weight behind calls for an official public inquiry into alleged police misconduct at Orgreave during the 1984 miners’ strike.


Their intervention will place even greater pressure on the home secretary, Theresa May, to hold a Hillsborough-style inquiry into the conduct of South Yorkshire police officers at the confrontation between officers and striking miners that produced the defining images of the 1980s industrial unrest.


The same force was responsible for the policing at the Hillsborough football ground in 1989, where 96 people died.


The calls for more investigations of the coal miner strike so long ago is futile, it is theater to keep the workers distracted.  The issue here that really matters is the destruction of the Industrial Revolution which has been highly accelerated in England and the US in tandem as our leaders and rulers are joined at the hip and pursuing the exact same goals and both applaud Wall Street and the City of London mega banking/investing machines as the best way to run things.  Well, it isn’t.


Battle of Orgreave 


The Battle of Orgreave is the name given to a confrontation between police and picketing miners at a British Steel coking plant in Orgreave, South Yorkshire, in 1984, during the UK miners’ strike. In 1991, South Yorkshire Police were forced to pay out £500,000 to 39 miners who were arrested in the events at the Battle of Orgreave.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) organised a mass picket of Orgreave for 18 June 1984, with the intention of blockading the plant, and ideally forcing its temporary closure. Aware of the plans by means of MI5 infiltration, the police organised counter-measures…


The Orgreave coking works, where coal was turned into coke for use in steel production, was regarded by Scargill as crucial. Early in the strike, British Steel plants had been receiving “dispensations”, picket-permitted movements of coal to prevent damage to their furnaces. However, it was found that more than the permitted amount of coal had been delivered, so action was taken.


Well, England is no longer the world’s #1 or #1 or #3 steel or coal power.  After Germany and the US passed England just before WWI, it has been all downhill since for England.  Meanwhile, the US decline began after the Vietnam War whereas Germany still is a big coal burning industrial nation but recently the Greens took over and it is now rapidly falling off the same cliff the US and UK jumped many years earlier.


No investigation of the police actions under Thatcher will change anything or rather, things will be even worse since the entire business of policing the poor is aimed at collapse with the poor basically being left to shift for themselves and since most of the manufacturing cities in England and the US are now abandoned by their masters who no longer have the slightest interest in using these for business anymore, ending all police actions makes perfect sense since this is expensive and these places are now wastelands of no use to anyone.

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Here is what the mining town looks like today:  Orgreave, South Yorkshire – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Orgreave Coking Plant closed in 1990.[2] In the 1990s a large area of the parish formed part of a 700-acre (2.8 km2) site used for opencast mining by UK Coal; production ended in 2005 when the site ran out of coal.[3] The site is now known as Waverley and is to be redeveloped in the next 20 years. The first major planning application, which includes the construction of 4,000 homes, was submitted in August 2008 by Harworth Estates.[2]


Orgreave 30 Years On: An Uncontaminated Name? — Failed ArchitectureAdvanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) has been built where the mines once were.  These are mainly designed to operate using computers and robots.  A Japanese engineering firm invests in R&D build at this site.  None of these are mass production businesses with many union workers.


Leftists still talk about unions and jobs and how wonderful these are and pretend to support both but in reality the ideology hates the Industrial Revolution and wants to kill it:  Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges …The Decline of the UK Coal Industry:


The coal industry had the most powerful unions in the country. Unions were highly organised, often by leaders with strong political (left wing) allegiances. Miners strikes, such as 1924, early 1970s and 1984 Miners strike had the capacity to bring the country to a standstill. Right wing politicians, such as Mrs Thatcher were determined to break the political and economic power of the coal miners. Arguably, the miners strike of 1973 was a key factor in the defeat of the last Conservative government, run by Edward Heath. Mrs Thatcher staked her political fortunes on defeating the coal miners in the 1984 strike. After being on strike for nearly a year, the miners reluctantly drifted back to work – defeated, their political and economic power never recovered. The unions were then powerless to prevent a steady stream of mine closures…


The nature of economics is that industries decline and grow. It is not a bad thing that the share of labour working in agriculture has fallen from 97% pre 1800, to 3% in 2012. Neither should it be a bad thing that employment in the coal industry has decline from 1 million in 1908 to 6,000 today. It would have been impossible or foolish to try and keep all those 600,000 people working in a dangerous and declining industry.


However, the nature of the coal industry has meant that mine closures have often caused great economic and social cost.


When people slowly leave the land to take manufacturing jobs in the cities, this was easier to absorb and didn’t cause mass structural unemployment.


This is all a blatant lie.  When the miners were defeated and mining employment began to collapse, so did manufacturing jobs at this exact same time!  Manufacturing is a third of what it was when the strike happened.  Where did all these men who dug up coal go?  Services?  Like the blue collar working class in America, how did they all fare?  Or are we seeing the collapse of the blue collar family running along the same track as black families?  It is obvious what the answer is: white trash which the left mocks mercilessly and hates ferociously.

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See the utter collapse of manufacturing jobs in the US ever since Reagan opened the door of free trade.  When Bush Jr. took over, it collapsed and everyone thought, at the top, that this was good news. Because blue collar workers actually fight very hard when oppressed and can stop the economy if motivated enough.  Now, they are powerless since production is now in Asia for the most part.


Industrial metamorphosis | The Economist

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Global Coal Consumption and Production Trends

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The collapse of jobs for blue collar males in particular runs along with falling coal consumption.  The coal used to fuel the EU/US industrial revolution is still burning bright…in China and even in India now.  It has not stopped and all the goods we buy from Asia is produced with nearly exactly the same amount of coal as 50 years ago in the US and EU.


This is because burning coal is cheap.  This means more manufactured goods and combined with cheap labor and currency manipulations it means the differential between trade surplus and trade deficit closes in favor of trade surplus.  Way back when the US used more coal for energy we also had a trade surplus, too and millions of manufacturing jobs.  Now, that is vanishing.  Rapidly.


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6 responses to “Why Coal And Industrial Revolution Go Hand In Glove: UK Demands New Investigation Of Thatcher Breaking Up Mining Union

  1. joseppi

    Ah, yes, to inhale the sweet smell of success, one must now go all the way to Beijing and inhale the suffocating sulfuric smog of coal fired industries. Tourists from declining industrial countries are flocking to China to breath the thick air of success. Walking tours are popular because one can actual swim through the thick smog. Aqua-lungs are mandatory.

  2. Peter C.

    Truth is we are a fossil fuel civilization,with coal being the main supplier of electriciity worldwide.
    All this nonsense about switching to renewables is laughable,and don’t get me started on fusion or thorium.
    I personally have solar panels but they don’t put gas in the tank or heat the place.

  3. Jim R

    The graphs of coal and oil depletion are better matches for those economic curves than any little political event or tyrant here and there. The English have been working those coal seams for centuries, and a lot of the deposits are down to bare rock walls as a result.

    Peak oil does not mean that the wells all run dry tomorrow; it just means that as time proceeds, we shall have a harder time finding it. And it means that instead of continuing the past record of exponential increase, our usage will decrease exponentially. In about 150 more years, we’ll be totally ‘green’! 🙂

    It’s nice of the environmentalists to step in front of the depletion train and take all the blame for it, though.

  4. DM

    Jim R – I seldom agree with anything you say – but that’s OK. I do object though, to throw-away polemical spiel with no basis in fact. Saying “ a lot of the deposits are down to bare rock walls” is misleading at best. Britain, and Wales in particular, still have plenty of coal deposits. And if you are worried about coal running out, New South Wales is practically one huge coal field. Enough to keep everyone going for, oh, say, the next 10,000 years.

  5. Mewswithaview

    It may be worth comparing the behaviour of the union leadership in the UK and that of West Germany. In the UK the unions overstepped the boundaries of their power during the 1970s and were universally hated by the majority of the population who had to bear the consequences of their actions. So by the time Mrs. Thatcher rose to power outside of the communities drawing their income from coal mining, ship building and steel there was not much sympathy for them. Additionally in the UK the unions and the government prevented manufacturing jobs moving into the coal mining areas so the mining operations had the local labour pool to themselves. Further some of the workers in the non-viable pits were disabling safety equipment such as dust monitors, since they would have had to stop work when dust levels got too high and would not be paid and in so doing were damaging their health. It can be argued there are many more men in better health today because of the mines closure rather than suffering the consequences of years in the pits. Thatchers defeat of the unions came about because they had become corrupt and were not acting in their members interests.

    The German unions were more pragmatic and chose to work with their companies management and keep the company alive and profitable, they changed their work practices and modernised. They are still there and can exert their influence, the British unions were confrontational and resistant to change, finally it was forced on them and they only really exist in the public sector these days.

  6. Elaine Supkis

    German unions were doing fine until the Greens took over now jobs are leaving faster and faster. Blue collar jobs, that is.

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