Discover and read the best of Twitter Threads about #orgreave

Most recents (2)

June 1984, Miners Strike, days before Orgreave

Ian MacGregor, Chair of the National Coal Board writes to all miners

"Your leaders have told you that the Coal Board is out to butcher the industry. That we plan to do away with 70,000 jobs, to close 86 pits"
"If these things were true I would not blame miners for getting angry or for being deeply worried. BUT THESE THINGS ARE ABSOLUTELY UNTRUE. I STATE THAT CATEGORICALLY AND SOLEMNLY. YOU HAVE BEEN MISLED"
"I would like you to consider carefully, so we can get away from the tragic violence and pressures of mass pickets, whether this strike is really in your interest".
Read 9 tweets
Thread - #Orgreave and BBC
34 years ago today, June 19 1984, a BBC News and Current Affairs meeting described its own coverage of Orgreave the day before as "not wholly impartial" with a "marginal imbalance" though "not enough to ‘justify the NUM’s view that the BBC was biased"
BBC's film coverage of Orgreave had altered sequence of events to show, pickets provoking police before they charged. Miners returning bloodied from Orgreave were amazed + angry to see the film. One them complained to BBC which made no response when it was discussed months later
In 1991 the BBC finally accepted that the sequence of events had indeed been reversed but issued no apology, explaining that this had been done ‘inadvertently’ in ‘the haste of putting the news together’
Read 7 tweets

Related hashtags

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!