Still the Enemy Within is a unique insight into one of history's most dramatic events: the 1984-85 British Miners' Strike. No experts. No politicians. Thirty years on, this is the raw ...
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Still the Enemy Within is a unique insight into one of history's most dramatic events: the 1984-85 British Miners' Strike. No experts. No politicians. Thirty years on, this is the raw first-hand experience of those who lived through Britain's longest strike. Follow the highs and lows of that life-changing year.Written by
60 % // 40 % This is a powder puff piece for the unions but they were still 60% in the right
I agree with another reviewer here, it would have been nice to get some other perspectives, especially the police, perhaps even the Coal Board members that worked in the strike years. Perhaps even members of Thatchers government that were involved in those 84/85 strike years. It also has to be said that the TUC did have to be reined in. The "Winter of discontent" of 1978 to 79 had all of us who lived through it, in a state of shock and disbelief. The unions seemed to run the country, it was this "winter" that augured in Thatcher. Essentially the unions invited Thatcher to break them up. Another point to all of this lost in the shuffle was Arthur Scargill was an idiot. He had many moments where an actual compromise could have been reached. But he chose to ignore common sense. The brilliance of Thatcher was to divide and conquer , was to go after the NUM , to use the media, with chilling effect. What came out of the whole affair was devastation, wholesale dismantling of communities , lives shattered. Britain was never the same. The one thing that is positive about the documentary and the history of unions is this. No matter what, workers can still organize, if the powers that be become tyrannical the workers can still collectivize and temper that tyranny.
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