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Yet what you need is not marches, demonstrations, rallies or wide associations, all of them are important. What you need is direct action. The sooner people understand that, the sooner we'll begin to change things. ---->>>

The trouble with the Labour Party leadership and the trade union leadership, they're quite willing to applaud millions on the streets of the Philippines or in Eastern Europe, without understanding the need to also produce millions of people on the streets of Britain. ---->>>

There's a feeling that strength is determined by the size of a union. That clearly is nonsense. ---->>>

You may see the emergence of a new political party from the body of the trade union movement which represents a very clear-cut socialist alternative policy and which gives expression to the views of the trade union movement in parliament. ---->>>

Contrast that with the call of the Liberal Democrats in April, when they were prepared to call upon the British people to participate in a 24-hour strike. It shows how far to the right the Labour Party's gone. ---->>>

The labour movement had the best opportunity in 50 years to transform not merely an industrial situation and win an important battle for workers in struggle, but an opportunity to change the government of the day. ---->>>

The trade unions and the Labour Party... failed miserably. Instead of giving concrete support, and calling upon workers to take industrial action, they did nothing. ---->>>

All too often miners, and indeed other trade unionists, underestimate the economic strength they have. ---->>>

If you've got an industry where you've got massive investment, it doesn't matter whether you bring in alternative supplies. You still lose the money on that industry. ---->>>


Nationality: British
Born: 01-11, 1938
Birthplace: Worsbrough Dale, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Occupation: Politician

Arthur Scargill (born 11 January 1938) is a British trade unionist and politician who was President of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) from 1982-2002. Joining the NUM at the age of nineteen in 1957, he became one of its leading activists in the late 1960s. He led an unofficial strike in 1969, and played a key organising role during the strikes of 1972 and 1974, the latter of which helped in the downfall of Edward Heath's Conservative government (wikipedia)