The 1984-85 miners’ strike

There is an interesting piece in The Observer today, A dirty business, that reflects on the 1984-85 miners’ strike in the UK. I have quite vivid recollections of this dispute, not least because I was in the thick of it. Recently qualified as a school teacher, I was resident in South Yorkshire at the time and could not avoid becoming politicised by the whole affair. The battle between police and pickets at Orgreave and the police ‘occupation’ of Armthorpe were real eye-openers for me, and a sad indictment on life in Thatcherite Britain.