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Video: Arthur Scargill - 25 Years after the Miners' Strike

category dublin | worker & community struggles and protests | feature author Saturday November 14, 2009 20:08author by Paula Geraghtyauthor email mspgeraghty at yahoo dot ie Report this post to the editors

Video of Arthur Scargill's recent talk in Unite, Dublin

Scargill Discusses the Miners' Strike in Dublin

As workers fight Fianna fail and the Green partyy's neoliberal attacks, now is a good time to learn from the fightback against Thatcherism in the 1980s with this video of Arthur Scargill discussing the Miners Strike.
http://www.vimeo.com/7589961

As workers fight Fianna fail and the Green partyy's neoliberal attacks, now is a good time to learn from the fightback against Thatcherism in the 1980s with this video of Arthur Scargill discussing the Miners Strike.

Engaging, revealing and entertaining this video of 57 minutes offers many valuable lessons for today.
http://www.vimeo.com/7589961

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/94753


Caption: Video:Arthur Scargill on The Miners Strike

author by Crevette - Nonepublication date Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:56author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi Ireland
I fully watched the video and was pleased to see such conviction and art in a performance. The anecdotes were moving.
We in France don't hear much about political issues from Ireland.
I discovered your site by chance and I wih you put more of these on line. I like to diversify my information sources and you're difficult to find!
I would not comment the political implications of the speech Arthur SCARGILL as my english will not allow it ( and my lack on Irish history) but it feels good to see that on the other side of water, there are people who stands against the main f***ing capitalist stream.

Great!
And greetings from the land where came that"box of frog legs" :)

author by Anarcho Trade Unionistpublication date Sun Nov 15, 2009 18:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"Engaging, revealing and entertaining this video of 57 minutes offers many valuable lessons for today"

I watched the video. Interesting guy, and 10/10 for conviction. But, what are the valuable lessons for today? Are we forgeting that not one of the objectives of ICC were achieved during his period of leadership? He was driven by an idea, and had no strategy. A great ideologue but a terrible trade unionist.

We can learn more about what NOT to do. 192 coal pits were closed and 170,000 people lost their jobs. This was more to do with the hard line strategy from Thatcher. But, talk to anyone from the areas affected, and those active in the National Union of Mineworkers and you will find just as much hostility toward the militant tactics of Scargill as you would against that Tory cow.

He championed the idea of a 'scab' to advance the struggle of miners but in the end it divided workers more than it united them. It also created hatred amongst communities. An awful tactic. He also championed a dodgy nationalist rhetoric than is particularly dangerous during intense moments of class struggle.

 
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