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The Enemies Within: The Story of the Miners' Strike, 1984-5

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Ian MacGregor’s role as head of the National Coal Board (NCB), was approved in person by Margaret Thatcher. The appointment, announced on 28 March 1983, was greeted with considerable disdain by the National Union of Mineworkers, in particular its president Arthur Scargill. Scargill was concerned at MacGregor's uncompromising business methods, branding MacGregor "the American butcher of British industry." MacGregor replied that he was "a plastic surgeon" whose job was to "try to rebuild damaged features." He provoked Yorkshire miners by telling them that they were less productive than women miners in the US.

MacGregor's approach to turning the NCB into a profitable concern was similar to the line he had taken at British Steel: cut jobs and close unprofitable pits. This led to the 1984–1985 miner's strike. In March 1984, the leader of the Miners’ Union, Arthur Scargill, led his members out of the pits without a ballot to protest at planned pit closures; they would spend the next 13 months facing the utmost deprivations as they fought to keep their jobs.

This book gives Ian MacGregor’s view of the protracted and increasingly bitter dispute from the point of view of Management and Government. The title of the book gives a clear indication of the view that Mcgregor held of the striking miners. This is a fascinating account of the dispute from one side. As such it is not a balanced view but none the less, is an essential read for anyone interested in industrial disputes and particularly the miners strike and other industrial actions of the 1970s and 1980s. It will also be of interest to all those interested in polictics, the mechanics of government and the history of the mid to second half of the 19th century.

The book is in very good condition with some creasing to the dust cover

Item details

Author(s):
Ian MacGregor; Rodney Tyler
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24 X 16 cm
Edition:
First 1986
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
9780002177061 / 0002177064
Number of pages:
384
Publisher:
William Collins Sons & Co Ltd, 1986
Title:
The Enemies Within: The Story of the Miners' Strike, 1984-5

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Ian MacGregor’s role as head of the National Coal Board (NCB), was approved in person by Margaret Thatcher. The appointment, announced on 28 March 1983, was greeted with considerable disdain by the National Union of Mineworkers, in particular its president Arthur Scargill. Scargill was concerned at MacGregor's uncompromising business methods, branding MacGregor "the American butcher of British industry." MacGregor replied that he was "a plastic surgeon" whose job was to "try to rebuild damaged features." He provoked Yorkshire miners by telling them that they were less productive than women miners in the US.

MacGregor's approach to turning the NCB into a profitable concern was similar to the line he had taken at British Steel: cut jobs and close unprofitable pits. This led to the 1984–1985 miner's strike. In March 1984, the leader of the Miners’ Union, Arthur Scargill, led his members out of the pits without a ballot to protest at planned pit closures; they would spend the next 13 months facing the utmost deprivations as they fought to keep their jobs.

This book gives Ian MacGregor’s view of the protracted and increasingly bitter dispute from the point of view of Management and Government. The title of the book gives a clear indication of the view that Mcgregor held of the striking miners. This is a fascinating account of the dispute from one side. As such it is not a balanced view but none the less, is an essential read for anyone interested in industrial disputes and particularly the miners strike and other industrial actions of the 1970s and 1980s. It will also be of interest to all those interested in polictics, the mechanics of government and the history of the mid to second half of the 19th century.

The book is in very good condition with some creasing to the dust cover

Author(s):
Ian MacGregor; Rodney Tyler
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24 X 16 cm
Edition:
First 1986
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
9780002177061 / 0002177064
Number of pages:
384
Publisher:
William Collins Sons & Co Ltd, 1986
Title:
The Enemies Within: The Story of the Miners' Strike, 1984-5

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