This book, first published in 1986, examines the miners’ strike of 1984-5 – an event that formed the decisive break with a forty-year-old British tradition of political and industrial compromise. The stakes for the main parties were so high that the price each was willing to pay, the loss each was willing to sustain, exceeded anything seen in an industrial dispute in half a century. This book examines and assesses the strike’s full implications, and puts it into its historical and political context.
Table of Contents
1. The Choice 2. The Coal Question 3. ‘There’s Only One Arthur Scargill’ 4. ‘A Hoary Old Bastard Who Only Wants To Win’ 5. Fear of the Abyss 6. Here We Go 7. ‘No Request for Assistance’ 8. ‘The Right to Go to Work’ 9. Inside Hobart House 10. ‘The Government Is Not Involved’ 11. No Other Industry Could Do It 12. ‘Our Enemies’ Front-Line Troops’ 13. Enough Of Being Spat At 14. ‘Your Members Have Yet To Be Heard’
Martin Adeney and John Lloyd