Damned any way

York Press: Damned any way Damned any way

I DON’T think I have ever seen such tactics used by a government before (The Press, April 11). The energy minister has said to the miners that if they do not sign up to the closure of their pits they will close next week instead of in 18 months time.

What a decision to put before any workforce. Be damned now or damned later. This all suggests an abuse of power close to political blackmail.

The miners have been brave and courageous people all their lives and deserve to be treated better than this government and previous Conservative governments send their way.

Basically they seem to be saying to the miners, accept the dirt that we are offering you, rather than digging the coal and the dirt that we need desperately to keep the lights on in our country.

There are millions of tons of coal still below our feet.

Let’s hope the electorate remember this when MPs from mining areas (including the silent Mr Clegg, on this matter) are next up for election in 2015 and vote them out of office and a far easier working life than any miner has ever had to endure.

Howard Perry, St James Place, Dringhouses, York.

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5:50pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Pinza-C55 says...

I don't know why you are surprised since it is just the logical continuation of what Thatcher started.
I am sure the Tories would re-enact the Peterloo Massacre if they could get away with it.
I don't know why you are surprised since it is just the logical continuation of what Thatcher started. I am sure the Tories would re-enact the Peterloo Massacre if they could get away with it. Pinza-C55
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9:56pm Wed 16 Apr 14

BioLogic says...

How is it that UK Coal run out of money and it's the governments fault for 'only' giving them 10 million quid. The letter writer lives in cloud cuckoo land clearly, or at least some sort of socialist utopia where the rest of us are supposed to subsidise coal to be extracted at a loss so it can be sold to multinational energy firms for then to make a profit on. Get a grip.
How is it that UK Coal run out of money and it's the governments fault for 'only' giving them 10 million quid. The letter writer lives in cloud cuckoo land clearly, or at least some sort of socialist utopia where the rest of us are supposed to subsidise coal to be extracted at a loss so it can be sold to multinational energy firms for then to make a profit on. Get a grip. BioLogic
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10:39pm Wed 16 Apr 14

PKH says...

It seems totally illogical when we are supposed to be reducing CO2 emissions that we import subsidised coal from the other side of the world with the extra pollution the transportations causes, not to think of the trade deficit this helps create when we have our own coal.
It seems totally illogical when we are supposed to be reducing CO2 emissions that we import subsidised coal from the other side of the world with the extra pollution the transportations causes, not to think of the trade deficit this helps create when we have our own coal. PKH
  • Score: 6

12:09am Thu 17 Apr 14

Pinza-C55 says...

BioLogic wrote:
How is it that UK Coal run out of money and it's the governments fault for 'only' giving them 10 million quid. The letter writer lives in cloud cuckoo land clearly, or at least some sort of socialist utopia where the rest of us are supposed to subsidise coal to be extracted at a loss so it can be sold to multinational energy firms for then to make a profit on. Get a grip.
Thatcher sold both the means of coal and gas extraction off as well as power generation, with the result that our "government" controls neither and we, the consumers, are simply cash cows for the multinationals. We can of course close the remaining coal mines down and we will then be wholly in hock to the exporters in Russia, China and the USA. Or you can have a wind turbine in your back yard. We are in the mess which the Tories created.
[quote][p][bold]BioLogic[/bold] wrote: How is it that UK Coal run out of money and it's the governments fault for 'only' giving them 10 million quid. The letter writer lives in cloud cuckoo land clearly, or at least some sort of socialist utopia where the rest of us are supposed to subsidise coal to be extracted at a loss so it can be sold to multinational energy firms for then to make a profit on. Get a grip.[/p][/quote]Thatcher sold both the means of coal and gas extraction off as well as power generation, with the result that our "government" controls neither and we, the consumers, are simply cash cows for the multinationals. We can of course close the remaining coal mines down and we will then be wholly in hock to the exporters in Russia, China and the USA. Or you can have a wind turbine in your back yard. We are in the mess which the Tories created. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 5

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