Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Bested By The Beast

"That wouldn’t be the same Dennis Skinner who pledged he’d retire from the Commons at the same age as a Derbyshire miner? Are there any 86 year old miners out there?"

So tweeted someone called Simon Hoare in celebration of the Great Man's recent birthday. He and Skinner should walk around Hoare's constituency of North Dorset and see which of them more people recognised.

There have of course been no working miners in the ordinary sense since, with the able assistance of the Kinnocks, Hoare's party closed all the pits. But as a Member of Parliament sponsored by the NUM, Skinner is still carrying out one of the traditional jobs of a pitman.

So yes, there is still at least one 86-year-old miner out there.

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