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This book documents and analyzes the decline of the UK coal industry from the start of the Thatcher administration through those of Major and Blair. Over that twenty-year period employment in the industry fell by 95 per cent, the UK's reliance on coal shrank, and union power was demolished. The political agenda over two decades remained implacably anti-coal. Yet, as Parker demonstrates, the actual process of decline was driven by a set of political and economic coincidences and by chance.
The Arrival of Mrs Thatcher: Confrontation Postponed