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Apt in the week when the Tory government as refused to help keep two of the last deep coal mines open . Virtually Signalling the end of mining in this country

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A couple of great tv films from one of my favourite directors; Ken Loach Coincidentally if anyone's interested in  the whole coal mining industrial relations/workers oppression/strike history  then I'd  recommend watching the award winning Harlan County USA documentary.  Filmed in the early 70s there are a number of similarities with the UK miners strike. It's available on youtube.

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Apt in the week when the Tory government as refused to help keep two of the last deep coal mines open . Virtually Signalling the end of mining in this country

 

Why should the government (the taxpayer) pay to keep any private business running ?.

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Apt in the week when the Tory government as refused to help keep two of the last deep coal mines open . Virtually Signalling the end of mining in this country

barney , would one of those be kellingley , worked there in the late 90's , contracting.

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Apt in the week when the Tory government as refused to help keep two of the last deep coal mines open . Virtually Signalling the end of mining in this country

 

As I understand it the government isn't refusing anything except a subsidy , UK Coal have been "rescued" once before and they're in financial trouble again. Also UK coal has a high sulphur content (band) making that bad for the environment. UK Coal produces less than 5% of the yearly coal usage. Remember one mans subsidy is another mans tax. I think you'll find that only deep coal mining will go all the open shaft will stay.

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think the coal company was after a government loan but its miners we are talking about here not bankers ,.hundreds of years of mining experience will be lost , we used to be world leaders in this industry ,. with the best safety record by far , but if everyones happy with imported foreign coal covered with the blood of Chinese ,indian and dozens of other countries with appalling safety records , then who am I to ask that we try to keep these mines open to maintain a presence in this industry so when in the future we will once gain need deep mined coal , all those lessons  will have to be re learned , and no doubt through the tragedies and disasters which were a thing of the past .

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