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I'm Not Answering The Question You Did Ask, But The Question You Should Have Asked ...
on 26 March 2015
Arthur Scargill and Margaret Thatcher were 2 sides of the same loathesome coin. Both sought to remake the world in their own image; neither could brook any questioning of or challenge to their convictions or authority; both were convinced that only themselves were right and both pursued their vision at the great expense of the very people they were supposed to be representing. Both claimed to be fighting for democracy, but neither of them believed in any democracy that disagreed with them.
They deserved each other.
Paul Routledge has written and excoriatingly honest portrait. He tackles complex issues and makes them understandable for the rest of us. He gives us an objective view of some very subjective events. His iconoclasm comes not from on high or from the Tory, free-market, neo-con, neo-lib Right, but from his roots in the very communities that Scargill represented.
As Thatcher & Scargill deserved each other, so Scargill deserves this book.