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By Seumas Milne

Margaret Thatcher branded the leaders of the 1984-85 miners strike “the enemy within.” during this vintage account, Seumas Milne unearths the astonishing lengths to which her govt and its intelligence machine were ready to visit destroy the strength of Britain’s miners union. during this 30th anniversary variation new material brings the tale up to date with additional revelations about the key war against geared up labour and political dissent, and the devastating cost paid for the Thatcher administrations onslaught by means of communities across Britain.

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There are those that regard that as an insupportable weak spot. while the dad or mum released information of the 1st leaks from GCHQ approximately operations opposed to Scargill and the miners, Joe Haines – Harold Wilson’s former press secretary and retired confidant of Robert Maxwell – denounced us for utilizing ‘unnamed intelligence sources’. The evidence of the pudding, in spite of the fact that, is within the consuming. when you consider that that point, a number of the key allegations made by means of our informants were corroborated. And, in terms of the intelligence companies, to reject using unnamed resources is in perform to supply an enduring hide for the abuse of unaccountable strength. a wide a part of what seems to be the following hasn't ever been released in different places. i've got had exceptional entry to humans and records – resembling these held in Tripoli, Moscow and on the overseas strength and Miners’ association in Paris – linked to those occasions. i've got additionally been in a position to draw on discussions with many others during learning and writing concerning the miners, the coal and the British and overseas trade-union circulation. on the mum or dad, Richard Norton-Taylor and Paul Brown performed a necessary function in getting this tale off the floor. I additionally had valued support from Keith Harper, Jonathan Steele – who bought carry of the Soviet Communist celebration vital Committee files in Moscow – Simon Beavis, Simon Bowers, Victoria Brittain, Rob Evans, Georgina Henry, Paul Johnson, Nick Pandya, Nick Richmond, Katy Stoddard, Katharine Viner and the mum or dad library employees. In 1994, I benefited from collaboration with Oliver Wilson, Callum Macrae, Ray Fitzwalter and Kimi Zabihyan of Observer motion pictures within the improvement and construction of the Channel 4 Dispatches programme in response to the study during this ebook, and i've drawn on huge interviews through Oliver Wilson and Callum Macrae. The transcripts of Lorraine Heggessey’s interviews for the 1991 Dispatches movie in regards to the Mirror–Cook file allegations additionally proved super beneficial: due to Ken Loach, Ian Pollard and Lorraine Heggessey. Ian Pollard performed examine in the summertime of 1993 for bankruptcy four of The Enemy inside of. From the NUM, specific thank you are because of Arthur Scargill and Nell Myers, who either gave generously in their time to respond to questions and supply crucial info in the course of a interval after they and the union have been lower than big strain as a result of pit-closures quandary, and feature persisted to take action within the years for the reason that. Peter Heathfield was once additionally very useful, as have been Margaret Fellows, Ken Hollingsworth, Tyrone O’Sullivan, Henry Richardson, Hazel Riley, Simon Pirani and Ian White. on the IEMO (or IMO, because it was), Alain Simon, Michelle Simon and Madjid Cherikh again and again positioned themselves out to house my queries. Former NUM staff who talked to me contain Hilary Cave, Mick Clapham, Dave Feickert, Kim Howells, Stephen Hudson and Jim Parker. between others I spoke to, or who supplied support or details, sooner than or because the first variation of The Enemy inside of, are Altaf Abbasi, Ray Alderson, Vic Allen, Jeff Apter, Peter Archer, Miles Barter, Tony Benn, Rodney Bickerstaffe, John sales space, Damian Brown, Doug Bulmer, Sarah Burton, Ken Cameron, Ken Capstick, Pete Carter, Tony Cooper, Tam Dalyell, Vera Derer, Vladimir Derer, Steve Dorril, Jimmy Douglas, Clive Entwistle, Kenny Farquharson, Paul Foot, George Galloway, Ken Gill, Geoffrey Goodman, Mick Gosling, Roy Greenslade, John Hendy, Mark Hollingsworth, Jimmy Hood, Kelvin Hopkins, Gareth Howells, Eric Hunt, Salem Ibrahim, Barry Johnson, Nicholas Jones, Angela Kelly, Stephen Lander, Lawrence Lustgarten, Annie Machon, Peter McNestry, Kevin Maguire, John Maitland, Mike Marqusee, Cathy Massiter, Anatoli Mikhailyov, Alasdair Milne, Andrew Murray, Jim Neilson, Daniel Ojij, Stuart Oliver, Dave Osler, Joe Owens, Terry Pattinson, John Pilger, Alan Ramsay, Robin Ramsay, Frank Redman, Stella Rimington, Robbie Robison, Sue Rolstone, David Rosenberg, Anne Scargill, Geoff Seed, Michael Selfert, David Seymour, David Shayler, Mike Simons, Victor Shonfield, Dennis Skinner, Tom Sibley, invoice Sirs, Ken Smith, Phil Turner, Frank Watters, Granville Williams, Pete Willsman, Bob Wylie and Mustapha Zakari.

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