ex-miners must move on: Show a little respect

Margaret Thatcher was a strong personality and a tough negotiator.

Many people think she did a job that needed doing, however unpopular, but did it without humanity.

For this reason she was bound to inspire strongly opposing emotions – and still does.

What I find hard to take is the level of hatred which still lingers, unprecedented, I think, in British politics.

I believe this is because, as a woman, she took on those highly macho industries – mining, ship-building, dockworking etc – and won.

The humiliation still rankles.

I was brought up in one former mining area and now live in another, and have the most affectionate and respectful memories of miners, but I have to say – it was a long time ago. Move on. Get over it.

Valerie Forsyth

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