Speeches, Interviews & Other Statements

Complete list of 8,000+ Thatcher statements & texts of many of them

1976 Aug 4 We
Margaret Thatcher

Remarks visiting Moorgreen Colliery (first trip down a mine)

Document type: speeches
Document kind: Remarks
Venue: Moorgreen Colliery, Nottinghamshire
Source: Central TV Archive: OUP transcript
Journalist: Bev Smith, ATV, reporting
Editorial comments: Exact time unknown. MT was back in London by 1645.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 296
Themes: Privatized & state industries, Media, Trade unions
film of MT in miners' overalls and hard hat, having returned from the coalface; chatting to miners

MT

I didn't realise they had so far to walk to get to the coalface. It's not the distance … it's the … the, um, scree.

film cuts

MT

[looking spotless in her overalls] Have you got enough pictures of me dirty enough?

Bev Smith, ATV

Well, I think so. You've got a lump of coal …

MT

Yes, that's a lump of coal … [words inaudible]

Bev Smith, ATV

Is that the first time you've ever been down a coal mine?

MT

First time ever.

Bev Smith, ATV

And reactions to it?

MT

Oh … all sorts of reactions. I had no idea they had to walk quite so far to get to the coalface. Ah …

Bev Smith, ATV

[end p1]

Does it mean that you are going to become a champion of the coalminers in the House of Commons?

MT

[speaking very fast] Oh I don't I've become a champion. What is obvious down there is a tremendous spirit between the men who work down there. Something really that you never meet elsewhere.

Bev Smith, ATV

You think it is something that you could take back to the Commons with you?

MT

[laughs] … tremendous spirit on either side there, but not across the middle.

Bev Smith, ATV

Thank you very much indeed.

MT

Thank you. I thoroughly enjoyed it. They were all most kind.