mick2me

Who was 'Silver Birch'?

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Silver Birch , went round the yorkshire pits trying to get strikers back to work..His name was Chris Butcher, he wasnt a union offical, he was a blacksmith/shaftsman at Bevercotes Colliery....worked with me old man who was also a blacksmith and union president at Bevercotes...we knew Who the 'birch' was , except the papers and the Government.

Nice bloke really , bit head strong though lol..

I was sworn to secrecy LOL

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Welcome to Nottstalgia, jaykyte. I look forward to sharing your memories.. hellothere

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Coal not dole.

 

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Cloughie was confused. He thought they were demonstrating for alcoalhole.

 

The NCB spent the first 40 years as a nationalised industry lying about the extent of Britain's coal reserves: it ensured government investment was always available. The truth was that by the early 1980s the economically viable reserves had been exhausted and the game was up. The NUM didn't face reality.

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The UK has billions of tonnes of coal, whether they can be extracted economically is open to argument.

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I spoke with a former mining engineer 5 or 6 years ago, and he said that with modern mining technology and technology available to ensure cleaner  and more efficient burning of the coal available, Britain could be energy self sufficient for 300 years. Pity there isn't the political will to grab the bull by the horns and go for it, rather then letting ill informed rent a mob environmentalists getting their own way.

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But what would our EU neighbours do with all their coal & other forms of energy do if we didn't buy from them ?

 

No doubt compensate them.

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