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DEATH OF THATCHER

Margaret Hilda Thatcher (13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013)


The former UK Prime Minister who held office from 4 May 1979 until 28 November 1990 died 8 April 2013. To her family our condolences.


The legacy of what the Conservative Government did to British Industry under Thatcher is not one to be proud of if you really did want the best for the people.


Of course Thatcher was the symbol of “free enterprise” and set out to serve those whose interests were profit for the few.


The coal mining industry is not on its own in suffering the decimation of a world class industry in the name of the “free market”.


Thatcher lived long enough to see her beliefs demolished when the “free market” collapsed and came running to the State for support.


Unlike the Banks who gambled, cheated and were bailed out – Coal mines were closed and communities were left to suffer.


Margaret Hilda Thatcher is gone but the damage caused by her fatally flawed politics sadly lingers on.


Good Riddance.



News

Why shouldn't Kellingley and Thoresby have remained open into 2018?

In a report prepared for the NUM and TUC "Merits of UK Coal State Aid Application" it is argued that rather than close Kellingley and Thorseby in 2015 they could remain open until 2018. Other EU member states have and still are benefiting from the fund whilst making a case for extended funding.

"It can be seen that our European competitors are taking a strategic decision to support their coal industry during managed wind down of uncompetitive coal mines, and are providing substantial sums under European State Aid regulations. As an example, Germany’s closure plans are designed to address the social impact of job losses, and specifically to allow sufficient time to enable direct and indirect supply chains to adjust. To date the UK has made little use of state-aid provisions for the sector, either under the previous regulations or current Closure Aid."

The full report can be read here http://www.num.org.uk/uploads/26/1184.pdf

Knocking on Number 10
Well done TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady knocking on Number 10 and handing over a petition with over 200k signatures which follows up on the TUC Resolution to campaign against the Trade Union Bill. The Bill is further legislation designed to nullify Trade Unions and hence reduce terms an

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More Gas
Yet More Gas?With the Hinckley C fiasco going from bad to worse and the decision to phase out coal by 2025 you are probably not surprised to read that without new power stations a power deficit is coming to a town near you very soon. The cost of nuclear power and its waste is expensive and coal with

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Victory to the Doctors
JUNIOR DOCTORS STRIKEWhat sort of government forces a situation where tens of thousands of Junior Doctors have to go on strike to demonstrate that they do not want the imposition of contracts they view as unfair and unsafe? Will the minister responsible hang his head in shame at the sight of so man

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Biomess
According to the EU Commission press release 5 January 2016 the European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the United Kingdom's plans to support the conversion of part of the Drax coal power plant to operate on biomass are in line with EU state aid rules. Biomass is

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