IT is reported that the Labour Party in opposition wants the Prime Minister to apologise for the role of the Thatcher government in the 1984 Miners' strike.
The article Calls for strike apology (Evening Post February 4) was very one-sided, as there were many reasons for the slow decline and demise of the mining industry.
However, the facts which our two Swansea AMs prefer to ignore show that more mines closed under Harold Wilson's government than under Margaret Thatcher's – 290 mines under his administration and about 160 under hers, based on year-ending figures of working pits.
Do the Left seriously believe that Harold Wilson was accepting economic realities, whereas Margaret Thatcher was motivated by sheer spite?
By 1984, when Margaret Thatcher came to power, there were only 200,000 miners remaining, as the market for coal had reduced due to a change to the use of other fuels, such as oil, gas and nuclear power.
As the grandson of a miner, I am not ignoring the fact that there was an impact on those mining communities which relied on the pit as a major employer, as well as a tremendous personal cost to miners' health, but, because of the need to replace with greener sources of power, there was an inevitability to the decline of the industry.
No apology is required Mr Cameron, as Labour and the two Swansea Labour AMs, should get their facts correct and tell Scargill to apologise for all the havoc and misery he caused, when he called a strike without a ballot, which was actually aimed to overthrow a lawfully elected government. The stoppage eventually lasted a year and decimated the communities concerned.