I managed to get out again to attend a mass picket of about 700 men at the Philadelphia workshops to stop COSA scabs from going in. We failed miserably, mainly because not enough men were prepared to get involved.
Durham NUM seem to have adopted a new tactic of organising mass pickets at a different location each day. The theory is that this will confuse the police and keep them uncertain about our targets. The reality is the pigs aren’t stupid and all we are achieving is preventing boredom amongst the pickets. We should just select a target and stick at it until we achieve our aim.
Also today Nigel Lawson revealed to the nation what most miners have known since day one of the strike, namely that the Tories are prepared to spend unlimited amounts of public money to defeat us. he said the cost of defeating us is, ‘a worthwhile investment for the good of the nation’. Surely people can now see the issue of the so called ‘uneconomic pits’ is a smokescreen to smash the unions!!