Fact: Under the labour governments, they closed more mines than during the Thatcher era
But, the reason why this subject has come up is the crass comment/poor joke that Boris Johnson made.
Thatcher closed the mines because they were uneconomical and has absolutely nothing to do with climate change, as Boris has contended. It was an effect, not the reason.
Going to my cousin and on many holidays in Wales, as well as going to a residential course for my finals, I have seen the desolation that the closure of mines has caused and, for a Southerner who has empathy, I was deeply shocked. The villages consisted of no more than rows of houses and maybe a shop or two.
The Westminster Bubble (and I include all parties in that), just do not understand the effect of the decisions that they make on commerce, be it mining communities, heavy industry communities or even fishing communities. They are insulated by their government paid second homes, which they are not in because of Covid but still get the allowance.
The MPs are coining it in “because of Covid”
It will never change in my lifetime and I am disgusted with the MPS, who employ the pass the parcel approach; “here no evil, speak no evil, speak no evil”. Until that ever changes, I will not vote in a general or local election ever again
But what these highly paid MPs do not get is that they are paid BY ALL OF US and they are there to help the WHOLE country, but all they think about are themselves
I have not mentioned the opposition because, at the moment, there is none; I liken the current opposition to a spear of celery that has been in the fridge for too long