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84 Oct 12 Fr PDF Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) Brighton Bomb: “To Kill the Cabinet” (“The story behind the Grand Hotel bombing”) [Brighton Evening Argus 40 page supplement]
84 Oct 14 Su PDF Major Commentary (Sunday Times) Brighton Bomb: (“Intelligence warnings that were ignored”) [“Police told of possible attack”]
84 Oct 13 Sa PDF Major Commentary (Financial Times) Brighton Bomb: (“IRA bomb kills 3 at Brighton”) [“A sombre closing of Tory ranks”]
81 Mar 13 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Budget: "'Cabinet Men Warn on Budget" (7 rebel ministers) [Whitelaw, Carrington, Pym, Prior, Walker, Gilmour & Soames]
81 Mar 16 Mo Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Budget: "Advice and consent" (Hayek letter) [does not act as an adviser "on particular decisions"]
81 Apr 4 Sa Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Budget: "Beating inflation key to recovery" (Harris letter on the 364 economists) ["charge sheet of those responsible for ... economic decline"]
81 Apr 4 Sa Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Budget: "Beating inflation key to recovery" (Hayek letter on the 364 economists) ["lost generation of British economists ... panicky mob"]
81 Mar 10 Tu Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Budget: "Economists criticize Government" (Hayek & Friedman on BBC Panorama ) [blaming wets]
80 Mar 29 Sa Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Budget: "Professor urges Chancellor to balance Budget now" (Hayek at IEA lunch) [wants "referendum to rescind every single [union] privilege"]
81 Feb 25 We PDF Major Archive (Hoskyns MSS) Budget: Wolfson minute to MT (comments on MT-Howe meeting) ["professional incompetence ... self-delusion ... Criminal Liability"] [released 2011]
83 Oct 6 Th PDF Key Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "'Parkinson admits love affair" (Parkinson admits relationship with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 9 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Cecil Parkinson: "An affair of the party" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 10 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Chance of Parkinson survival dwindles" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Countdown to resignation as Parkinson's affair undermined polls success" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 12 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Diary: Parkinson show" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays) ["Don't sack Cecil" banner flown over Blackpool]
83 Oct 16 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Exclusive" (response of Parkinson's family to Keays' accusations)
83 Oct 14 Fr PDF Key Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "I implored him to tell Thatcher" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays) [Keays interview]
83 Oct 9 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Illicit love's survival game" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Keays statement forces Parkinson's resignation" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 7 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Love affair puts Parkinson's future in doubt" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 12 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Miss Keays 'nearly the Bermondsey candidate'" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 13 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Moral values in the Parkinson affair" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays) [letters page]
83 Oct 14 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Parkinson given a warm reception" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays) [Conservative Party Conference]
83 Oct 8 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Parkinson given ovation at dinner" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 11 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Parkinson's affair cost him Foreign Secretary's post" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 16 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Parkinson: A Tale of Three Women" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Press lays siege to house" (Parkinson's resignation follow revelations about his affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Tasks that face new man in job" (Parkinson's replacement as Trade and Industry Secretary following revelations about his affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Thatcher protégé who missed stardom" (Parkinson's resignation following revelations about his affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 17 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Thatcher's key role on Parkinson marriage" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 9 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Top Tories tell Thatcher: sack Parkinson" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays)
83 Oct 12 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Trustworthiness as touchstone in public office" (Parkinson's affair with Sarah Keays) [letters page]
83 Oct 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Cecil Parkinson: "Younger tipped for Trade takeover" (Parkinson's replacement as Trade and Industry Secretary following his resignation)
82 Sep 26 Su PDF Minor Commentary (The Observer) China: Clive James articles ("Mrs T. in China") [account of MT's visits to China & Hong Kong]
85 Dec 20 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) City: “Brittan acts to block further City scandals” [Financial Services Bill published]
85 Dec 21 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) City: “City doubts that SRO system will work” [response to publication of Financial Services Bill]
84 Jan 19 Th PDF Major Commentary (Financial Times) City: “Gower urges sweeping new powers to supervise City” [publication of report]
85 Dec 20 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) City: “Lloyd’s interests ‘a viper’s nest’” [Brian Sedgemore in Commons debate]
85 Dec 20 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) City: “Sense for the City” [First Leader - Financial Services Bill published]
85 Dec 18 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) City: “Unclean Air” [First Leader - “some deeply worrying discords in the tone of public life”; Sedgmore allegations]
84 Sep 9 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Coal: " 'Miners are fully aware of the forces massed against them' " [Scargill emphasises determination to force government to back down over strike]
84 Dec 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: ""Scargill fined for obstruction"
84 Jun 26 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "'My greatest day" [Scargill interview by New Left Review on memories of Saltley]
83 Jul 5 Tu PDF Key Commentary (The Times) Coal: "'Pit leaders seek backing for big pay increase" [Scargill: “A fightback … will inevitably take place outside rather than inside Parliament”]
84 Nov 22 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "'Scargill only wants conflict', Walker says"
84 Jun 29 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "'Star chamber' move could split miners" [Scargill pursues new power to expel uncooperative pits from NUM]
84 May 15 Tu PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "20,000 in miners' protest march" [strikers gather in Mansfield for a mass demonstration]
84 Mar 16 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "A bitter war to lose" [report on dispute over pit closures]
84 Aug 31 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "A strike for Britain's future" [Scargill argues that pit closures "ignore Britain's energy requirements"]
84 Nov 26 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Attack victims to seek new rules - new rules to oust Scargill"
84 Nov 22 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Bad Review" [Ramsgate bomb threats & allegations Scargill KGB agent]
84 Oct 21 Su PDF Minor Commentary (The Sunday Telegraph) Coal: "Cat food for Scargill" [tin of cat food thrown at Scargill in Sunderland]
84 Jun 11 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Compromise ruled out by Scargill" [Scargill will accept nothing but total victory]
84 Sep 9 Su PDF Major Commentary (The News of the World) Coal: "David Owen: We cannot cave in to Scargill"
84 Aug 8 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Figured out" [top Scargill researcher quits]
84 Nov 1 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "From Arthur with love" [House of Lords question over Scargill USSR trip]
84 Oct 7 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Coal: "Glory to the tales of Arthur" [Scargill upstages Kinnock at Labour Party conference]
84 Oct 2 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "High Court writ served on Scargill [contempt writ served]
84 Oct 5 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Judge adjourns hearing but Scargill remains defiant" [Scargill continues not to attend his court hearing for contempt]
84 Oct 10 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Judgement day for Scargill" [contempt of court charges and Labour MPs declaration of support]
84 Oct 9 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "King Arthur's real crime" ["Mr Scargill is above the law"]
84 Nov 17 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Kinnock to appear with Scargill"
84 Sep 10 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Kinnock traces Scargill 'errors'" [Kinnock attacks Scargill for "destroying the coal industry" and for holding two unsuccessful ballots in 1982 and 1983]
84 Oct 11 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Miners undeterred by fines on Scargill and Union" [NUM reaffirms that they believe strike is official, despite High Court ruling to the contrary]
84 Mar 27 Tu PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Miners' pension fund 'hazarded by Scargill'" [Scargill in court over NUM pension investments]
84 Aug 22 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Mr Scargill and the TUC" [TUC worries about impact of coal strike on union movement]
84 Nov 1 Th PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Not for pruning" [rose to be named after Scargill]
84 Aug 9 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Pitted fruit" [NUM begged not to accept illegal LSE SU donation]
84 Apr 5 Th PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Russian journalist coy about Scargill 'class war' interview" [Scargill accused of calling coal strike 'class war']
84 Oct 8 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill 'must obey Courts'" [Attorney General predicts punishment of Scargill for contempt of court]
84 Feb 4 Sa PDF Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill and Murray in clash on pay" [Scargill rejects potential for pay settlement]
84 Jul 5 Th PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill as star of micro game" [company launches computer game featuring Scargill]
84 Jun 23 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill at head of the funeral" [Scargill leads 8000 miners at Joe Green's funeral]
84 Aug 28 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill attacks TV pit strike coverage"
84 Mar 31 Sa PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill challenged on pensions" [Scargill defends stance on NUM pension investments]
84 Dec 14 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill claims arrest a plot" [obstruction arrest at mass picket]
84 Oct 3 We PDF Major Commentary (The Daily Mirror) Coal: "Scargill defiant on jail threat" [Scargill promises to ignore contempt writ]
84 Jul 12 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill denounces 'blatant state interference' in miners' strike" [Scargill accuses state organs of anti-union conspiracy]
84 Nov 4 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill did discuss Libyan cash" discussion of Libyan government donation to NUM
84 May 11 Fr PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill dispute halts paper" [quarrel between journalist unions stops Express going to print]
84 Aug 26 Su PDF Minor Commentary (News of the World) Coal: "Scargill hit by an egg at demo"
84 Nov 4 Su PDF Major Commentary (News of the World) Coal: "Scargill in 'six-hour talk with Libyans" discussion of Libyan government donation to NUM
84 Jan 14 Sa PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill in clash on impact of ban" [Scargill and MacGregor disagree on effects of overtime ban]
84 Aug 19 Su PDF Minor Commentary (Sunday Times) Coal: "Scargill intimidates TUC - MacGregor" [NCB head says Scargill using pickets to coerce other unions]
84 Sep 18 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill is a 'tyrant' over ballot" [John Gummer calls for ballot before strike]
84 Dec 5 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill makes heartland cash plea"
84 Dec 2 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill on the ropes" [position as leader of NUM threatened]
84 Sep 18 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill says £1,000 fine paid without his authority" [Scargill denies sanctioning payment of contempt of court fine]
84 Jul 8 Su PDF Major Commentary (Sunday Times) Coal: "Scargill sticks out for total victory" [amid NCB talks, Scargill declares "we are going to win"]
84 Apr 22 Su PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill to control 'fight to the finish'" [Scargill takes personal control, NUM conference rejects ballots]
84 Aug 26 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Coal: "Scargill to TUC: don't betray me" [Scargill condemns "scab" labourers, while some "large and moderate" unions offer support to the NUM]
84 Oct 14 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Coal: "Scargill urged strike in '83" [High Court hears that Scargill had tried to order an unlawful nationwide strike without a ballot in 1983]
84 Oct 2 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill wins support for attacks on 'state violence against miners'" [Scargill attacks the policing of NUM pickets, while Eric Hammond is booed for criticising the lack of an NUM ballot before the strike]
84 Mar 30 Fr PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Scargill's pension fund policy" [Scargill defends pensions policy in the high court]
84 May 27 Su PDF Minor Commentary (Sunday Times) Coal: "Scargill: has to rest" [a horoscope for Scargill]
84 Apr 7 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Secret ballot hope doomed if Scargill plays it by the book" [Scargill could block a ballot on a technicality]
84 Aug 11 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Strike 'enforced by mobs'" [Walker says NUM are paying mobs to stop workers]
84 Dec 8 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Support by Heffer for Scargill Call"
84 Mar 27 Tu PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "The advocate without a wig was Mr Scargill" [Scargill defends pension policy. Miners wanted to buy the Daily Mirror and Theakstons Brewery]
84 Apr 29 Su PDF Minor Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Time to tighten the knot - Scargill'" [Scargill urges moderates in Notts and Lancs to join strike]
84 Nov 12 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Times' use of picture is upheld" Scargill appeared in photograph apparently performing a Nazi salute
84 Jun 20 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Total blockade call as miners move against steel plants" [NUM call on transport unions to blockade steelworks]
84 Aug 12 Su PDF Minor Commentary (Sunday Times) Coal: "Trials of a star-crossed trio" [horoscopes of MacGregor, Thatcher and Scargill]
84 Jul 15 Su PDF Major Commentary (Sunday Times) Coal: "What drives Arthur Scargill?" [Andrew Stephen probes Scargill's background and philosophy]
84 Oct 3 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: "Writ scope pass probe" [Labour Party investigation into how private investigator infiltrated Winter Gardens to serve writ to Scargill]
85 Jan 15 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “1,330 miners go back to work says coal board” [fresh surge in returnals]
84 May 9 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “1,500 fail to halt coal lorries at Hunterston” [Clash with strikers and mounted police]
84 Nov 29 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “20 odd sayings of Scargill” [former union leader convinced Scargill part of communist conspiracy]
84 Apr 23 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “20 things you didn't know about Scargill” [Sun special on leader]
85 Mar 27 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “50p pit levy is rejected in ballot” [miners vote against levy; taken as criticism of union leadership]
84 Mar 6 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “56,000 miners to strike over closure of pits” [Yorkshire miners on strike over closure of two pits]
84 Mar 23 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “6,000 moderates ordered to join pit strike” [6000 Lancashire miners called out on strike; 80 percent of industry at standstill]
84 Oct 2 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “A haunting vote” [Leader article]
84 Sep 5 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Acrimony as coal peace process verges on collapse” [talks cancelled; PM rejects calls to recall parliament]
84 Aug 17 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Are the pit rebels winning?” [Routledge article]
85 Jan 2 We PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Arthur is my man of the year” [writer calls Scargill man of the year for “driving headlong up a blind alley”]
84 Dec 1 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Arthur Scargill’s exhausted seam” [Wyatt article]
85 Mar 6 We PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Arthur the grand old duke of York” [Scargill marches up hill with men returning to work]
85 Mar 5 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Battle to continue in Scotland and Kent” [miners in Scotland and Kent carry on strike]
84 Dec 7 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Benn calls for general strike” [Tony Benn calls for one day general strike]
84 Jul 5 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Benn told: stop licking Scargill’s boots” [Benn questioned in Commons over support for Scargill and not steel leader]
84 Sep 22 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Bishop of Durham says MacGregor should be replaced” [criticises MacGregor]
84 Sep 22 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Bishop of Durham says MacGregor should be replaced” [criticises MacGregor]
85 Feb 5 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Board dashes NUM hopes of quick start to peace talks” [possibility of negotiations to resume]
84 Mar 15 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Brittan condemns mob rule by miner on miner” [Home Secretary declares police have a duty to ensure non-strikers can go to work]
85 Mar 7 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Building on victory” [Leader article]
85 Mar 12 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Case by Case examination by NCB” [Walker states NCB will look at individual cases dismissal]
84 Mar 28 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Chaos as miners choke motorway with 5mph crawl” [Miners do motorway protest]
84 Mar 8 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Closures affect old pit areas; Coal output rising as productivity falls” [Brunt of closures will affect old mining areas; large rise in coal output at coal face since 1976]
84 Nov 2 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal board abandons hope of deal with Scargill” [NCB accepts there can be no deal with Scargill as president]
84 May 29 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal board aims at turning talks into all-out peace drive” [Two sides prepare for negotiations]
84 Jul 16 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal board dismay over talks” [dismay over militant tone during negotiations]
85 Feb 23 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal board expects a mass return to pits on Monday” [large returns to pits]
85 Jan 23 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal board presses for talks as Thatcher and Kinnock clash on pit strike” [negotiations break down]
85 Feb 25 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal board prodict the turning point in strike this week” [NCB confident half of miners will be in work within the week]
84 Dec 28 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal board ready to let strike last until March before making any move” [NCB intending to allow strike to continue another two months]
84 Aug 6 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal board refuses to grant permits for private sector mining” [NCB doesn’t grant private open-cast permits]
85 Mar 6 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal board says 85 percent of miners are back on first day of return to work” [85 percent of miners back to work; flying pickets remain in Wales and Yorkshire over amnesty]
84 Jul 27 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal board’s offer rejected, strike may be stepped up” [miner leaders reject NCB offer]
85 Feb 20 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal dispute cuts growth rate to 2.5 percent” [strike reduces growth by 1.1 percent]
84 Mar 7 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal strike threat spreads as NCB insists on closures; ” Scots join Yorkshire protest [prospect of strike spreading in domino effect]
84 Mar 13 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal strike: Walker not to intervene” [Secretary of State for Energy not to intervene]
85 Feb 16 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal talks collapse in angry mood” [NUM rejects plan adopted by TUC]
84 Sep 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Coal talks collapse over closure of uneconomic pits” [NUM accepts no closure of uneconomic pits]
84 May 4 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Convoys of coal beat the pickets” [Coal convoys getting through pickets]
84 Jul 17 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Crisis talks bring in 14 ministers” [MISC 101 secret meeting]
85 Mar 7 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Day of reckoning for returned pitmen accused of strike offences” [miners interviewed about offences that could lead to dismissal]
84 Oct 31 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Dispute flares in TUC over pit peace talks” [dispute in TUC over role in negotiations]
84 Jul 10 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Dock strike starts today as pit talks fail again; MacGregor in appeal to NUM” [Dock strike over supply of coal; appeal to accept settlement]
84 Aug 24 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Docks employers predict vote for national strike” [sympathetic dock strike predicted]
84 Aug 14 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Drift back at Bilston Glen heartens NCB” [increasing return to work]
84 Oct 4 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Editor of Express expelled over writ” [Express editor has credentials withdrawn]
84 Apr 10 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Emergency debate on police operation” [House of Commons to debate police action]
85 Feb 21 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “End Game” [Leader article]
84 Jul 1 Su PDF Major Commentary (News of the World) Coal: “Exclusive: Arthur Scargill puts his case” [“If the miners lose, you will all suffer”]
84 Nov 21 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Extra 750m set aside for strike” [Treasury plans strike funding]
85 Mar 4 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Face of defeat” [Scargill caves in]
85 Mar 2 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Fight will go if strike ends, Scargill says” [Scargill pledges strike will go on]
84 Mar 15 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Flying pickets defy High Court and return to the pits” [Yorkshire picketers continue action in Nottinghamshire]
84 May 3 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Flying policemen versus flying pickets” [Police flown in from Hampshire]
84 Dec 19 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “From the Tory heartland, a boost for Scargill” [Article on miner support groups]
84 Dec 24 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Gadaffi “had 20m ready to boost pit strike fund”” [report Gadaffi was willing to offer funds; NUM rejects claims]
84 Nov 15 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Give miners their say, Labour urges Scargill” [Labour front-bench support for consulting NUM members]
84 Jun 23 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Government backs MacGregor tactic” [government gives public support to attempt to break strike]
84 May 16 We PDF Trivial Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Happiness is a hamlet called Scargill” [report on town called Scargill]
84 Dec 3 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Hattersley, Denning clash over picketing” [clash over legality of mass picketing]
84 Mar 20 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Have the miners been nailed?” [“Control of the flying pickets could be a benchmark in curbing industrial disputes”]
84 Jul 6 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Help the miners beat Scargill” [David Hart article]
84 Jul 9 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Is Arthur cracking up” [Ian MacGregor said he is worried about Scargill’s mental health]
85 Jan 27 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Coal: “Kinnock “won't be scapegoat” for pits defeat” [Kinnock claims he will not be blamed by far-left in Labour for miners’ defeat]
84 Jun 21 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Kinnock blasts Scargill” [Kinnock criticises Scargill]
84 Oct 1 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Kinnock condones resolution on violence by police” [Kinnock forced to accept police use organised violence]
85 Jan 7 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Kinnock defends his stance on pit strike and the rule of law” [Kinnock claims support of most of the labour movement]
85 Mar 5 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Kinnock opposes amnesty” [Kinnock rejects amnesty for convicted strikers]
84 Aug 14 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Kinnock pours scorn on “big bang” protest” [Kinnock criticises idea of united union effort against government]
84 Nov 16 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Kinnock's “lack of guts” attacked by Thatcher” [MT criticises Kinnock]
84 Mar 31 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Labour is accused of “big lie” over police” [Home Secretary accuses Labour of shaking public confidence in the role of law and the police]
84 Jul 27 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Labour MP seeks pit strike ballot” [MP calls for national ballot]
84 Sep 28 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Labour offers new peace fomula to end coal strike” [Labour peace initiative]
84 Oct 2 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Labour rejects Kinnock's reselection proposal” [Kinnock condemns violence, blames it for fall in support for Labour Party]
85 Mar 20 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Lawson puts the final cost at £2,500m” [Chancellor puts costs of strike to public spending of 2.5 billion]
85 Feb 7 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Left “ready to ditch Scargill”” [Ottey predicts far left in NUM ready to remove Scargill]
84 Aug 17 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Left attacks Kinnock on miners’ dispute” [left-wing criticisms of Kinnock for denunciations of picket violence]
85 Mar 4 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Lest we forget” [Sun story on strike violence]
84 May 2 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Letters to the editor” [Letters from archbishop of York and Ian Gow]
84 Jul 14 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Lies they tell about Scargill” [Union responds to Scargill rumours]
84 Jul 4 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Lorry drivers defy union advice” [lorry drivers ignore calls to strike]
84 Jun 22 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “MacGregor in “no victory” warning to NUM” [insists NUM will not win in letter delivered to 178,000 miners]
84 Aug 3 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “MacGregor ready to withdraw “final” pit offer” [failure of back-to-work campaign; MacGregor expected to withdraw offer]
85 Jan 25 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Maggie moves in for the kill” [“We want Scargill’s guarantee in writing”]
85 Feb 26 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Man fined 25 for Scargill bearhug” [man fined for grabbing Scargill]
84 Mar 13 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Militant picketing spreads coal strike to 100 pits; Scuffles as illegal protesters close Nottinghamshire mine” [More than half of coal industry's labour force on strike; flying picket closes Nottinghamshire mine]
85 Jan 2 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Militants attack Scargill for lack of initiative” [miners disillusioned with leadership; strike has cost 2.4 billion so far]
84 Apr 13 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners expected to change the rules to get all-out strike” [NUM executive rejects calls for ballot; reduces voting majority necessary]
84 Sep 4 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners go into new peace talks with full TUC backing” [TUC suports three-point plan]
84 Mar 8 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners may resort to flying pickets” [Upcoming NUM conference]
84 Aug 31 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners meet TUC after ordering mass NCB picket” [union leaders meet TUC for first time since strike began]
84 Nov 6 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners must not be allowed to succeed, says CBI chief” [CBI advises no surrender]
84 Sep 6 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners resubmit conditions for talks resumption” [NUM accepts talks on condition of accepting terms]
84 Aug 29 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners retreat on 10p union levy” [NUM withdraws request for level; fears lack of support]
85 Feb 26 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners return in mood of despair” [mass return to work]
85 Mar 2 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners set for big march-back next week” [massive return to coalfields predicted]
84 Jul 11 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners set to defy court over militant meeting” [miners leaders ignore high court ruling]
85 Feb 27 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners strike near to collapse in militant areas” [little prospect of resumption of negotiations; strike near collapse]
84 Aug 11 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners to ask TUC for total support as funds run out” [NUM appeals to TUC for funds]
84 Oct 12 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners welcome Acas formula as basis for settlement” [NUM willing to accept formula on 1974 plan]
85 Feb 6 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners’ leaders call emergency talks” [NCB states no negotiations are planned; NUM leaders have emergency session]
84 Mar 9 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners’ leaders will back all areas that strike.” [miner’s leaders officially back strike]
84 Mar 27 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners’ pension fund &ldquohazarded by Scargill”; Pits dispute begin to affect industry; pickets' hide and seek with police” [Scargill imprudent in pension investments; dwindling supply of coke shuts steel works, flying pickets frustrated by police road checks]
84 Aug 21 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Miners’ strike blamed for 0.5 percent fall in production” [strike led to decline]
84 Oct 15 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Ministers face dilemma on cost” [ministers divided whether to raise electricity prices or cut spending over strike costs]
85 Jan 22 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Ministers leave pit strike to run on until it collapses” [Government insists no more concessions]
84 Jul 2 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Ministers step up attacks on pit violence” [government condemns intimidation]
84 Mar 16 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Moderates dampen left-wing hopes of all-out pit strike; miners united by picket's death” [Hopes of national strike blasted by moderate vote; death of flying picket member]
85 Jan 18 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Moderates seek a compromise in Scargill’s job crusade” [moderates seek new initiative to end strike]
84 Sep 7 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Move to private pits suggested” [Adam Smith Institute supports moves to coal privatisation]
84 Oct 25 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Moves today to seize assets; paper reveal NCB concessions” [High court orders seizure of NUM asssets to pay fines; papers show NCB has moved considerably]
84 Aug 21 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Murray told to head off TUC clash on miners” [TUC to appeal to NUM to discuss strategy]
85 Feb 8 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NACODS agreement not in jeopardy” [MT insists NACODS/NCB agreement not at risk]
84 Aug 11 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “National docks strike threatened as union tries to stop coal ship; secret committee attacks NUM” [breakdown in NUM/Steel talks; secret Lancashire working miner group criticises NUM]
84 Jul 4 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NCB advert in Times” [How the miners have been misled (part 1)]
84 Jul 5 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NCB advert in Times” [How the miners have been misled (part 2)]
84 Jul 6 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NCB advert in Times” [How the miners have been misled (part 3)]
84 Jul 7 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NCB advert in Times” [How the miners have been misled (part 4)]
84 Jul 11 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NCB advert in Times” [How the miners have been misled (part 5)]
85 Jan 8 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NCB attitude to talks hardens as miners return” [NCB reasess their earlier willingness to negotiate]
84 Jul 18 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NCB closes ranks on “final offer” to miners” [NCB supports MacGregor's no surrender policy]
85 Jan 4 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NCB confident of big return soon; Churches put pits plan to Thatcher” [NCB expect number of working and striking miners to balance out soon; Welsh churches write to MT]
84 Dec 8 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NCB crisis erupts as senior executive resigns” [Ned Smith resigns over disagreement]
84 Nov 24 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NCB may withdraw job guarantees if strike continues” [no compulsory redundancies offer to be withdrawn]
84 Nov 19 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NCB ready for “surge” back to pits” [NCB expects large return]
85 Mar 29 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NCB reveals secret plan that kept coal moving during miners’ strike” [secret planning to move coal supplies revealed]
85 Mar 29 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NCB reveals secret plan that kept coal moving during miners’ strike” [secret planning to move coal supplies revealed]
85 Mar 4 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “New bid to topple Arthur” [moderate pitmen plan to force out Scargill]
84 Jun 30 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “No accord between NUM and steelmen” [no agreement on coal supplies to steelworks]
84 Sep 26 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Not by show of hands” [Leader article]
85 Jan 19 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Notts miners in secret coal board meetings” [rebel areas talk with NUM leaders]
84 Apr 4 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Notts miners may yield to pickets; Scargill denial” [Nottingham union leaders tell moderates not to cross picket lines from Yorkshire; Scargill denies telling Mocow newspaper strike was the start of a class war]
85 Jan 12 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Notts miners to defy NUM and form new union” [Nottingham refuses to accept NUM decision]
84 May 26 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Notts miners win right-to-work orders from court” [High court confirms workers cannot be instructed to strike by their union]
84 Apr 5 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Notts ready to reject strike; “riot police” condemned by staff union” [Nottingham delegates to reject executive call not to cross picket lines; use of riot police criticised by police union]
85 Jan 26 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NUM and coal board agree on “talks about talks”” [talks to continue]
84 Dec 3 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NUM calls delegate conference over receivership order” [NU decision to be made whether to recognise court order]
85 Jan 11 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NUM chiefs vote to expel defiant Notts area” [NUM executive votes to expel Nottinghamshire unless they accept authority]
85 Mar 1 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NUM delegates face calls for return without deal” [strike could end without agreement]
84 Dec 5 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NUM divided over tactics of defiance” [NUM divided over defiance of the High Court]
84 Jul 14 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NUM faces more legal action” [NUM faces legal action over plans to introduce “courts” for rebel action]
84 Dec 22 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NUM gets some control of assets to fight sequestration” [NUM wins back partial control of assets]
85 Feb 2 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “NUM hints at “no deal”return ” [Scargill hints of possibility of end without deal]
84 Nov 16 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NUM ignores Labour call for pit ballot” [NUM executive ignores Labour's call]
85 Jan 31 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NUM initiative not enough says coal board” [talks look set to collapse]
84 Mar 27 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NUM leaders in moderate Midlands call out 13,000 men on strike” [Coalfield leaders call out strike despite vote against action]
85 Jan 10 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NUM left may oust moderates and seize control of executive” [NUM radical leaders prepare plan for expulsion of Nottingham]
84 Nov 9 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NUM moderates push for ballots” [pressure building for ballot]
84 Mar 28 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NUM moderates vote to force national meeting” [moderates vote to force recall of NUM executive]
84 Oct 4 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “NUM to discuss pit closures plan with Acas” [new discussions]
84 Mar 20 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Official strike called” [Derbyshire calls strike; Skinner blames police presence]
84 Jun 15 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “One in 3 defiant says NCB” [limited return to work by striking miners; one in three still working however]
84 Sep 12 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Peace talks saved by MacGregor compromise” [talks to resume after compromise]
84 Feb 1 We PDF Minor Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Pit ban haults Scargill’s trip” [trip cancelled due to repairs for pit]
84 Sep 14 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit cases stretching courts” [appeal to Lord Chancellor to reduce burdens of strike cases]
84 Sep 29 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit hopes still alive despite deputies’ 82 percent vote for strike” [power workers decline to agree to demands]
85 Feb 11 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit leaders accused of return to Luddism” [stron criticism of Scargill by Conservative chairman]
83 Jul 5 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit leaders seek backing for big pay increase” [miners’ leaders claim pay rise]
84 Apr 9 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit militants back rival strategy to relaunch dispute” [NUM leaders seek special delegate conference rather than national ballot]
84 Aug 15 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit moderates to help plan rolling return to work” [plan to use moderates to encourage return to work]
85 Feb 2 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit output “higher than before strike”; Cool response to NUM initiatives” [all 52 midland collieries back to work; NCM disdainful of initiatives]
84 Jun 12 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit package promises higher pay and output for job cuts” [NCB prepares new plan]
84 Oct 16 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit peace talks collapse after an hour at Acas” [discussions break down again]
84 Nov 13 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit police face petrol bombs in 7-hour fury” [“unprecedented eruption of violence”]
85 Feb 14 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit strike “has cost CEGB £1.8 bn”” [Electricity board lost 1.8 billion due to strike]
85 Jan 21 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit strike “talks about talks” likely this week” [peace process expected to get under way]
85 Feb 26 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit strike is abandoned by a record 3,807 men” [large return of miners to work]
84 May 21 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit strikers would vote to return now, mines survey indicates” [pithead polls tend towards end to strike]
84 Jul 23 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit talks halted for board's campaign” [NCB halts talks during back-to-work campaign]
85 Mar 29 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pit victory claimed by Scargill” [strike had politicised thousands of young men and women]
84 Sep 10 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pits peace meeting breaks up after day of drama” [talks break after two hours]
84 Dec 13 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pits strike could go on for years, says Willis” [TUC leader states strike could last years]
84 Jun 25 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pits strike hits growth forecast” [strike reduced GDP growth]
84 Oct 18 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Police chief gives public apology to angry village” [Police chief apologises for police action in a Yorkshire village]
84 Apr 7 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Police deny any phone taps on NUM officials” [Home Secretary denies hone hacking]
84 Dec 6 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Police laying plans to prevent 'vendettas' after pit strike; MacGregor predicts sale of mines” [police making plans to protects strike-breakers once strike ends; MacGregor predicts coal privatisation]
84 May 11 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Police preparing clampdown on pit violence” [Police considering limits on picket numbers after violence]
84 Mar 19 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Police set to match pickets man for man” [8000 officers mobilised; cost 500,000 pounds a day]
84 May 18 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Police teams to fight intimidation of working miners” [teams of detectives being formed]
84 Oct 10 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Police will not buckle nor will the government crack, says Brittan” [attacks on Scargill at conference]
84 Apr 28 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Powell critical of archbishop backing miners.” [Enoch Powell accuses Archbishop of York of hatespeech “religious bankruptcy&rdquo]
84 Apr 26 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Power station coal stocks likely to last into autumn; Labour levy planned to aid the miners” [expected life of coal stocks lengthened; Labour Party calls on members to fund strike fund]
84 Oct 24 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Prospect for pits peace grows after Acas talks” [upcoming settlement talks]
84 May 13 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Punch up at pit rally” [arrests made at rally]
84 Oct 5 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Pym says Thatcher made strike worse” [government failure for employment strategy makes strike resolution difficult]
84 Aug 6 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Rail unions to ask TUC for blockade to support miners” [attempt to seek halt to movement of coke, coal and iron]
84 Aug 25 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Rampage as rebels enter pit” [riot at Easington colliery]
85 Mar 19 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Rebels defy NUM vote on 50p levy” [Nottinghamshire miners vote against funding dismissed miners]
84 Aug 8 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Rebels seek order for secret ballot on miners’ strike” [High court to be asked to enforce national ballot]
84 Apr 4 We PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Red lies about me by angry Scargill” [Scargill challenged Russian newspaper statements]
85 Jan 29 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Remembering those who dug on” [Leader article]
85 Feb 26 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Reticent Scargill arrives in Moscow” [Scargill talks with Soviet officials; refuses to say how much money donated]
85 Jan 16 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Revolt within NUM gathers impetus” [South Derbyshire join Nottinghamshire rebellion]
84 May 2 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Rivals clash as 6,000 rebel pitmen jeer union chiefs” [Clash between working strikers and area leaders]
84 Apr 26 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Ronald Butt: With friends like Scargill” [Butt article]
84 Apr 17 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Rotting coal stock claims denied” [NCB denies claims coal stocks wasting on ground]
84 Oct 8 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Runcie challenges Tory handling of miners’ strike” [Archbishop of Canterbury criticises government]
84 Nov 27 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Scargill “the tyrant who hates democracy ”” [Thatcher and Brittan link Scargill with terrorists]
85 Jan 16 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill “inciting violence”” [Scargill criticised by man whose son is in jail]
84 Feb 4 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill and Murray in clash on pay” [Scargill criticises Murray]
84 Aug 18 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill and NCB in TV debate” [upcoming debate on Channel 4 news]
85 Feb 17 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Coal: “Scargill bid to open talks as NCB dig in” [Scargill attempts to re-open talks]
84 May 11 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill dispute halts paper” [editions of Daily Expressed not published due to inter-union dispute]
85 Feb 11 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Scargill in “no sell-out ” ” vow [Scargill insists he will not sign an agreement involving pit closures]
84 Nov 4 Su PDF Major Commentary (News of the World) Coal: “Scargill in “six hour talk with Libyans”” [claim Scargill met Gaddafi official]
85 Jan 31 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Scargill is “most hated” man alive” [Scargill wins poll of most hated man, ahead of Gaddafi]
84 Apr 22 Su PDF Major Commentary (News of the World) Coal: “Scargill is blasted by coal chief” [Macgregor accuses Scargill of waging “private war”]
84 Feb 11 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Scargill is booed by his pit men” [booed over overtime ban]
85 Jan 21 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Scargill makes a millon” [increase in value of NUM overseas funds]
85 Mar 5 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill may face re-election” [legal process started to force Scargill to face re-election]
84 Nov 20 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill only wants conflict, Walker says” [Scargill does not care about the coal industry, says Walker]
84 Dec 27 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill raises spectre of further year’s strike” [Scargill threatens strike untill Christmas 1985]
84 May 7 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill says only 8 weeks’ coal left”
84 May 20 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Scargill seeks foreign support” [Scargill meets international union representatives]
84 Jan 11 We PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Scargill slams Sun poll on pits ballot” [criticises Sun for conducting put ballot over overtime ban]
84 Apr 25 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill spurns MacGregor offer on closures” [Scargill rejects compromise]
85 Mar 10 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Coal: “Scargill still miners' choice ” [poll shows Scargill would win re-election]
84 Aug 2 Th PDF Major Commentary (News of the World) Coal: “Scargill talks with Kinnock” [Scargill meets Kinnock at Commons]
85 Jan 15 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill to face new legal action” [Scargill accused of conspiracy to assault and intimidate working miners]
84 May 23 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill to meet coal board” [leader and NCB to meet for first time since strike began]
84 Oct 13 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Scargill wrecks it” [Scargill turns down peace deal]
84 May 31 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill’s arrest and pit riot shatter peace hope” [hopes for settlement fade with violence; Scargill arrested]
84 Dec 3 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Scargill’s crisis fight” [split in NUM over defying the law]
85 Feb 28 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill’s gift to Thatcher” Ronald Butt article]
85 Jan 10 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Scargill’s shock letter” [Scargill writes letter to father of imprisoned miner praising his actions]
84 Apr 6 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill’s strategy suffers blow in steel and pit votes; Commons set for mines debate” [Nottingham delegates reject executive's call; Commons to debate policing]
85 Mar 1 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Coal: “Scargill’s union link with East gets closer” [Scargill seeks international miner organisation]
84 May 17 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill’s wife on picket charge” [Scargill’s wife banned from picketing]
85 Mar 6 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scargill: the fighter who led from the front” [David Felton article]
85 Feb 17 Su PDF Major Commentary (News of the World) Coal: “Scargill: the sooner it's ended the better” [NCB refusing to negotiate with NUM]
84 Dec 1 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Scargill: we are deeply shocked” [Scargill shocked over killing of taxi driver; dissociates union with violence]
84 Aug 16 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scots pit faces lost, coal board claims” [two mines to be abandoned due to strike neglect]
85 Mar 14 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scottish dismissals “must stand”” [Scottish NCB state no amnesty for strikers dismissed]
84 Apr 18 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Scottish pledge to strike for miners” [Scottish union leaders pledge a 24 hour unlawful stoppage]
84 May 14 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “SDP backs working miners” [SDP critical of miners use of intimidation]
84 Aug 1 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Seizure of NUM funds start today” [confiscation of funds to pay fines]
85 Jan 24 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Shaky Scargill in treble climbdown” [Scargill changing plans after Nottingham revolt]
84 Apr 3 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Sharp exchanges in Commons over ballot on miners’ dispute; PCs on pit duty can earn 500; Royal visits likely to go ahead despite unrest in pits” [Walker condemns lack of national ballot; police at picket line can earn 500 pounds a week overtime; Royal visit to powerplants going ahead]
84 Sep 12 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Shipments diverted to beat strike” [65 percent of imports and exports continuing despite dock strike]
84 Sep 3 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Solidarity skin-deep” [Times leader article]
84 Jul 3 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Steel unions snub miners and pledge to keep up output; Coal Board says 2,000 men volunteer for redundancy” [Steel unions reject sympathetic action; 2000 accept redundancy]
84 Jun 28 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Steelmen defy Scargill” [Llanwern steel workers reject Scargill call to halt protection]
84 Jun 18 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Steelmen to defy Scargill threat” [Steel unions to reject cutting down coal supplies]
84 Nov 21 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Strike abandoned in N Wales pits” [Coal leaders in North Wales formally end strike]
85 Mar 4 Mo PDF Key Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Strike ends but Scargill defiant” [NUM vote to end strike without agreement]
85 Jan 19 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Strike entering final stage, says Scargill” [Scargill tells miners that strike near decisive stage]
84 Mar 10 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Strike likely to halt half of Britain's mines” [Strike looks likely to spread]
85 Feb 16 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Striking miners join police” [Some strikers have trained as police officers]
84 Dec 11 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Success for pit fire teamrdquo; [pit fire put out; union to only help if demands are met]
84 Oct 18 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher “no surrender” message on miners” [PM insists will not surrender]
85 Feb 19 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher and TUC meet over 'gap'” [NCB insists there is a large gap in negotiations]
84 Nov 7 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher confidence in NCB chief” [MT maintains confidence in MacGregor; calls NUM to end strike]
84 May 18 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher defends decision of NCB to import coke” [Defends NCB importing 175,000 tonnes of coal from US]
85 Jan 25 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher demands straight answer on pit closures” [MT insists on Scargill’s surrender]
84 Apr 10 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher endorses police conduct in miners’ dispute” [Thatcher praises police]
84 May 30 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher had secret plan to handle strike” [Government had plans for strike three years ago]
84 Jul 20 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher makes Falklands link - Attack on enemy within” [coverage of “enemy within&rdquo speech]
84 Aug 1 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher onslaught on Kinnock reunites Tories” [Thatcher speech re-establishes authority]
85 Feb 2 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher plea to ministers” [MT insists government will not back down; asks miners to return to work]
84 Nov 13 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher pledge to stamp out violence” [MT links IRA with strikers]
84 Aug 3 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher postpones Far East trip to tackle strike crisis” [PM postpones trip]
84 May 12 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher prepared for long strike” [MT emphasizes to conference long strike plans, rejects 8 week claims]
84 Apr 18 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher ready to tackle total pit shutdown” [Government prepared contingency plans for national strike]
84 Jun 20 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher refuses to yield over Orgreave mob” [criticises mob violence at Orgreave]
84 Oct 24 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher riled by hit list talk” [MT annoyed by Kinnock asking whether she had a hit list of pits to close]
84 Jun 1 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher sees no early settlement” [Thatcher sees no prospect of settlement; insists she will not intervene]
84 Aug 3 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher softens tone on mines” [PM sees no reason for strike continuing; inflation expected to reduce once ended]
84 Sep 20 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Thatcher would let coal strike last a year or longer” [government prepared for long strike]
85 Jan 8 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “The amazing family trees of Arthur and Maggie” [Scargill descended from nobility, Thatcher from labourers]
84 Apr 28 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “The company they keep” [Leader comment]
84 Dec 7 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “The future of coal” [Times leader article]
85 Jan 28 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “The human cost of the coal strike” [Prentice Article]
84 Dec 29 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “The miners strike” (Coal board predicts pithead ballots; police investigating forged national coal board letter; Holiday for miners’ children; Scargill given apology for Hitler radio gibe)
84 Jun 7 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “The myths mined by Mr Scargill” [Ronald Butt article]
84 Jul 20 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “There IS A War On” [Times leader article]
84 Mar 20 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Time for a ballot” [The Times calls for a national ballot]
85 Mar 16 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Time to heal the wounds” [Leader article]
84 Nov 27 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “TUC and miners’ leaders to seek way to reopen talks” [TUC and NUM aim to re-open negotiations]
84 Sep 22 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “TUC pledges cash support for miners” [TUC to raise 150,000 a week]
84 Dec 7 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “TUC sanctions strikes in support of miners” [TUC sanctions sympathy strikes]
84 Oct 29 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “TUC tells miners not to accept aid from Libyans” [TUC criticises Scargill’s contacts with Libya]
84 Aug 23 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “TV clash Over peace formula” [Scargill/MacGregor debate]
84 Nov 26 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Twin challenge to Kinnock over response to strike” [Kinnock challenged by left and Scargill
84 Apr 27 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Unease over Labour levy for miners” [Unease within Labour Party over subsidies]
84 Aug 9 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Union coordinated picket violence, says police chief” [police blames NUM for violence]
84 Nov 5 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Union plans to boost pit strike” [NUM seeks to revitalise strike]
84 Jun 4 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Unions angry over Government’s strike vote scheme” [anger over intent to tighten law on strike ballots]
84 Apr 2 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Unions at the abyss” (Which side will crack first in the miners’ dispute? Paul Routledge reports)
84 May 19 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Unions must obey law, Kinnock says” [Criticised Thatcher for intervention; unionists should not scorn legality]
84 Jul 30 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Unions seek TUC campaign to defeat Thatcher” [industrial action campaign proposed to bring down government]
84 Sep 11 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Victory for Scargill “must be denied”” [David Owen - Scargill cannot be allowed to bludgeon government ]
84 Sep 17 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Violence must not pay” [Leader article]
84 Sep 3 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Walker challenges unions to refuse support for Scargill and strikers” [challenges TUC to reject minority views]
85 Feb 20 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Walker in late night pit talks with TUC” [Government/TUC talks re-open]
84 May 15 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Walker resists pressure to call coal leaders together” [many months of coal stocks, rejects negotiations]
85 Feb 22 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Walker rules out talks as miners vote to strike on” [miners reject deal]
85 Mar 4 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Walker says no gloating” [Energy Secretary rejects talk of victory]
84 Dec 15 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Walker tells TUC to make miners drop rigid demands; Scargill fined for obstruction” [government insists no settlement unless union accepts closures; Scargill fined for activity]
84 Dec 13 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Walker to meet TUC team on pit peace talks” [government agrees to meet TUC leaders]
84 Oct 19 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Walker urges Kinnock aid on pit solution” [Walker seeks Labour support for Acas compromise]
84 Oct 17 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Wanted: a new plan for coal” [Leader article]
84 Nov 29 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “We have been warned” [Times Leader Article]
84 Jul 27 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “We'll tighten the Knot, says Scargill” [miners reject peace offer]
85 Mar 13 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Welsh pickets defy court order” [strikers ignore limitations of pickets to six by High Court]
85 Mar 4 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Where Arthur doesn’t box clever” [Atkinson article]
84 May 19 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Whose Plan For Coal?” [Editorial]
84 Oct 22 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Why I threw tins at Arthur, by cats woman” [protestor explains why she threw cat tins at Scargill]
84 Oct 26 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Coal: “Why I took swipe at Scargill” [Trade Unionist explains “why he tried to thump miners’ leader on the nose”]
85 Mar 9 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Why moderate coal field blew gaping hole in strike” [Nottinghamshire defiance severely harmed strike]
85 Mar 5 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Why pit peace means danger” [Leader article]
85 Mar 31 Su PDF Major Commentary (The Sunday Times) Coal: “Why Scargill vetoed ballot” [Scargill admits national ballot would have been lost]
84 Dec 3 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Why Tony Benn is always right” [Parris article]
85 Feb 16 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Will they ever talk?” [Leader article]
85 Jan 15 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Working miner tells of attack” [working miner speaks of vandalism]
84 Jul 25 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Working miners in secret campaign for a return to pits” [dissident pitmen tour coal fields in attempt to end strike]
84 Nov 8 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Writ claims funds used for picketing” [allegations NUM funds used for unlawful picketing]
84 Oct 27 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: “Yawning gulf over pit strike words” [Still far from agreement]
84 Jul 20 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal: Peter Walker article for The Times (“Scargill’s challenge to us all”) [“contempt for parliamentary democracy and desire to seize power”] [released 2014]
84 Dec 31 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Coal "Prime Minister makes a resolution to break Scargill's Power in NUM"
89 Dec 6 We Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Cold War: "Bush moves swiftly to deny 'snub' over EC" (Bush calls MT)
89 Nov 25 Sa Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Cold War: "Cold war 'will last until 2000'" (MT-Bush meeting at Camp David)
89 Nov 26 Su Full Text Major Commentary (Sunday Times) Cold War: "Thatcher stands firm on boat people" (MT & Bush reported clash at Camp David)
86 Nov 17 Mo Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Cold War: "Thatcher talks fail to bridge chasm" & "Reagan tells Thatcher Soviet-US deal would not affect UK deterrent" (Camp David meeting)
86 Nov 16 Su Full Text Major Commentary (Sunday Times) Cold War: "Thatcher wins Reagan pledge to sell Trident" (Camp David meeting)
85 Mar 14 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Sun) Cold War: “Mrs T meets Mr G!” (“One hour of talking opens way for US”) [Chernenko funeral]
83 Sep 8 Th Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Cold War: Chequers Seminar on future of the Soviet Union [memoirs extract]
80 Jul 15 Tu PDF Major Archive (TNA) Cold War: Defence Open Government Document 80/23 ("The Future UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent Force") [acquiring Trident]
85 Nov 20 We Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: Geneva (Reagan-Gorbachev) Summit (Shultz memoirs)
84 Nov 3 Sa Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: Meeting MT at Mrs Gandhi’s funeral (Shultz memoirs)
88 Jun 1 We Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: Moscow (Reagan-Gorbachev) Summit (Shultz memoirs)
84 Dec 22 Sa Full Text Key Shultz (George) Cold War: MT’s visit to Camp David (Shultz memoirs)
83 Mar 23 We Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: Reagan’s Star Wars initiative (Shultz memoirs)
86 Oct 12 Su Full Text Key Shultz (George) Cold War: Reykjavik (Reagan-Gorbachev) Summit (Shultz memoirs)
84 Dec 22 Sa Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Cold War: Thatcher-Reagan meeting at Camp David (account of conversation) [memoirs extract]
83 Sep 29 Th Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Cold War: Thatcher-Reagan meeting in Washington (record of conversation) [memoirs extract]
82 Dec 16 Th Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: The “Special Relationship” (Shultz memoirs)
84 Dec 16 Su Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Cold War: The Gorbachevs visit Chequers [memoirs extract]
89 Jan 19 Th Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: Understanding Ronald Reagan (Shultz memoirs)
86 Apr 15 Tu Full Text Key Shultz (George) Cold War: US bombing of Libya (Shultz memoirs)
83 Oct 25 Tu Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: US disappointment at MT’s line over Grenada (Shultz memoirs)
87 Dec 10 Th Full Text Major Shultz (George) Cold War: Washington (Reagan-Gorbachev) Summit (Shultz memoirs)
80 Feb 12 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservatism: "The balance between individual and state" (Gilmour's Cambridge Lecture) [Hayek's annotated copy]
83 Jun 13 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservatism: "The rise of a natural pugilist" ["the problems facing Nigel Lawson at the Treasury"]
80 Feb 22 Fr PDF Major Archive (Hayek MSS) Conservatism: Eric Heffer speech ("Tory leaders are no hypocrites, Mr Heffer says") [clash between "wets" and "dries"]
81 Oct 13 Tu Full Text Minor Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "'Blue Chips' to aid party in Croydon" (all 14 to visit) [demonstration of loyalty]
82 Mar 11 Th Full Text Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) Conservative Party: "Carlton Club celebrates with Thatcher as star" (MT unveils a portrait of herself at the Carlton Club) [released 2013]
81 Mar 24 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Dry" [brief biography of Lawson]
81 Oct 7 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Heath blast at Thatcher's 'dreary path'" (Manchester speech) [MT rebuts]
81 Dec 3 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Heath scorns the 'pretence' of monetarism" (speech) [no intellectual basis]
81 Oct 8 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Invitation that did not come" (Heath letter correcting leader) [never invited to join MT's team]
81 Oct 10 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Mrs Thatcher can't expect blind loyalty" (Chris Patten article) ["truth ... lies somewhere in the middle"]
81 Oct 7 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Pathfinder for a Young Pretender" (leader on Heath's Manchester speech) [his views discounted]
81 Dec 10 Th Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "The Kamikaze Tory Rebels" (Ronald Butt article) [firing arrows into backs of their own side]
83 Jun 13 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "The ministerial changes" [details of new appointments, inc. Lawson as Chancellor]
81 Oct 9 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "The Troubled Ranks of Tuscany" (leader on Changing Gear ) [party in "the early stages of demoralisation"]
81 Sep 15 Tu Full Text Key Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Three Cabinet ministers sacked" (reshuffle) [purging the wets]
81 Dec 12 Sa Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Conservative Party: "Why Howe should heed that lorry rumble" (Geoffrey Smith article) [threat to Howe's survival]
80 Dec 1 Mo Full Text Key Commentary (The Times) Conservativsm: “Lord Vaizey’s change of party” (announces conversion from Labour to Conservative)
82 Sep 26 Su PDF Major Commentary Sunday Times East Asia: "A new Mrs Thatcher rises in the East" [Hugo Young article]
83 Jul 11 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Battle in Cabinet likely as Lawson plans more cuts" ["strong opposition is certain"]
83 Jul 15 Fr PDF Major Commentary ( The Times ) Economic policy: "BMA accuses Lawson of 'fiddling the books'" [accused of making arbitrary calculation of overspend and consequent cut]
83 Oct 21 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Chancellor allows no respite in struggle against inflation" ["unswerving determination to reduce inflation further"]
82 Jan 28 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson attacks reflation lobby" ["resistance to the mounting pressure for a reflationary Budget"]
83 Jul 7 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson demanding £500m cut in public spending" ["emergency plan for swingeing cuts"]
83 Jul 20 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson hints at tax cuts in return for spending curbs"
83 Jul 5 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson pushes new-look NEDC to concentrate on specific issues"
83 Aug 13 Sa PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson ready for revolt on dole cut"
83 Jul 4 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson says jobs are plentiful" ["there are many jobs... available to be done at a particular wage"]
83 Sep 12 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson seeks public debate on spending" ["the Treasury must lead a more open debate on the prospects for public spending and taxation"]
83 Sep 12 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Lawson's spending cuts warning" ["no sacred cows exempted from public spending cuts"]
81 Mar 24 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Mr Lawson attacks gloom mongers" [defence of 1981 Budget]
83 Sep 29 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Our policies working - Lawson" [Washington speech "to extol the virtues of the Government's economic strategy"]
83 Jul 8 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Spending cuts hit NHS and defence" ["package of £500m in expenditure cuts in the current financial year"]
83 Jul 21 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Taking the strain for annual tug of war" ["The start of the annual battle between the Treasury and spending ministries"]
83 Jul 5 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economic policy: "Tory backbenchers warn Government against cuts in jobless benefit" ["failure to uprate unemployment benefit in line with prices would be strongly opposed"]
81 Jan 14 We PDF Major Archive (Bank of England) Economic policy: Dow minute for Governor (Wass meeting) ["despairing worry at the developing recession and the growing unemployment ... kickback if civil servants started to try to tell Ministers about politics"] [declassified 2011]
81 Dec 8 Tu Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "A Tory warning from the last ditch" (Chris Patten article) [give cabinet the benefit of the doubt "one last time ... some signs of change"]
81 Oct 15 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Chancellor launches onslaught on 'union irresponsibility'" (Howe clashes with Heath)
81 Mar 5 Th Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Communists heckle Mrs Thatcher in church" (St Lawrence Jewry speech) [MT: "you see why I fight these people"]
81 Dec 9 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Howe attacked from all sides" (debate on Autumn Statement) [14 Conservative abstentions]
81 Oct 15 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Impassioned plea by Heath gets short shrift from Tories" (attacks government at party conference)
81 Oct 16 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Monetarists warn wets: stop playing with fire" (Lawson & Walters speeches)
81 Oct 16 Fr PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Thatcher faces growing rift in Cabinet" (Tebbit speech - father "didn't riot. He got on his bike, & looked for work")
81 Dec 8 Tu Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: "Tory 'wets' set for rebellion on economy" (Gilmour Group) [around a dozen likely to abstain on Autumn Statement]
81 Mar 11 We Full Text Major Commentary (The Times) Economy: Editorial: “The Chancellor’s Conundrum” ("appears to go on digging the hole still deeper")
81 Mar 10 Tu Full Text Key Thatcher memoirs Economy: The 1981 budget [memoirs extract]
81 Oct 21 We PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Energy: "How high-speed Lawson stirred up Energy" [privatisation of energy industry]
82 Dec 6 Mo PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Energy: "Lawson to reject claims of 'too high' electricity costs" ["energy minister backs pricing policies"]
82 Aug 26 Th PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Energy: "Mr Lawson's great oil gamble" ["renewed accusations that he is disposing of valuable national assets on the cheap"]
88 Sep 21 We PDF Major Commentary (Daily Telegraph) Europe: “Riding roughshod over Continental hypocrisy” (Bruce Anderson on Bruges speech)
88 Sep 21 We PDF Major Commentary (Daily Telegraph) Europe: “Thatcher signals fight to stop EEC superstate” (Bruges speech)
88 Sep 22 Th PDF Major Commentary (Daily Telegraph) Europe: “Untimely offensive” (leading article on Bruges speech)
85 Feb 15 Fr PDF Major Archive (TNA) Falklands/Belgrano: BBC Radio Interview with Sir Ewen Broadbent (Ponting prosecution) [exact course of events at MOD] [declassified Dec 2014]
84 Oct 2 Tu PDF Major Commentary (The Times) Falklands: “Belgrano: there was no alternative” (Lewin article) [“In war, opportunities must be taken while they exist; there may not be a second chance”]
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