Kevin Barron on the Miners Strike

Mr Barron has been talking to The Worksop Guardian about the Miners Strike:

Mr Barron seems to be singing from the same hymn sheet at Neil Kinnock here, who broke his 25 year silence on the miners strike on Thursday:

Hardly surprising considering Mr Barron was PPS to Mr Kinnock, although it shows how fickle these political allegiances can be: Mr Barron also assisted Mr Scargill’s campaign to become NUM leader.

I agree with both of them so far, but I’m not sure I can agree with Mr Barron when he says:

“But if there’s one thing that came out of this, through all the pain and the unrest, it’s that these communities are not reliant on one industry any more.”

Whilst this may be true of the Rother Valley as a whole, there is no doubt that the areas around the mines would be much more affluent were they still open, and there are still areas where no other industries have replaced the mines.

There is no reason to suppose that the new industries in the area would not have emerged anyway, and if the mines were still open there would be much lower levels of unemployment, and a consequent lessening of the social problems.

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