Back in 1984 the miners fought their own cold war
Secret documents now unfold
The truth at last it will be told.
It’s 30 years since that debilitating strike
When Dai and Phil and Ron and Mike
Fought every day for one whole year,
Families in poverty and fear.
To starve them back to work she tried
Stopping benefits for which they applied,
Sequestering funds from the NUM
She divided the country into us and them.
She called them ‘The enemy within’
Let them cast the first stone who is without sin.
Pit closures were what they wanted to prevent,
To save what they had, so they could pay the rent.
They travelled the country picketing for their rights,
‘Coal not Dole’ their slogan emphasised their fight.
Up each day at 3am,
Hard working heroes, real men,
With their women’s support, on they fought,
United above, as they were when underground.
Now she’s joined the miners, at last she’s in the ground,
But the legacy of destruction prevails all around,
Empty pits, face value tips,
Community spirit no more,
All because that evil bitch, shut the mine doors.
Dharma11 18th Feb 2014