Chancer Posted April 12, 2013 Share Posted April 12, 2013 Anyone got any info for me or leads to where I can read about the decline of coal mining in France and also of the other industries like textiles and lace in the North of France?All i have to go on is just how big the mines were in the 80's and how they are no more without any Maggies or Arthurs, at least none that I have heard of. Given how big France still is on protectionism there must be some key info to compare with peoples nostalgic remeniscing of what might have been in the UK, maybe they were just happy to close them and to get some common market subsidies in return and screw the miners as they were mainly Poles anyway What I find so disturbing about some of the reactions I am seeing to the baronesses parting is what to someone of my generation is a complete lack of respect and hatred from people that seem to be too young to have even experienced life under a conservative government.I was completely against the conservative government of the day, I was a trade unionist (no choice my drawing office was a closed shop) working beside union leaders and labour councillors, many years later I voted Tony Blair in for the first time and was very pleased to do so.I can tell you now that I still have far more respect for Mrs Thatcher than I ever did for Tony Blair, she did exactly what she said she would and he didnt, I still would not disrespect him or take pleasure from his demise though, I often think that those who appear incapable of respecting others are lacking themselves in self respect but maybe I am getting old like Johnny Rotten. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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