#9365125, By Clive_Dunn Changes to employment over the past 60 years.

  • Clive_Dunn 12 Feb 2013 22:29:00 4,786 posts
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    Chopsen wrote:
    The big problem with employment is people got greedy. Everybody wanted a "middle class" existence with foreign holidays, nice things around the home, which they probably owned etc. That is what drove the strikes of the 70s, especially the miners strikers, and ultimately led to the fall of much of the heavier industries in the UK. I know Thatcher gets blamed for a lot of this, but she was really just responding to how social and economic expectations had been changing throughout the 70s. Everybody wanted everything, and there wasn't enough to go round.
    So, to paraphrase your brilliant argument -

    1) "People" wanted foreign holidays.
    2) The miners went on strike because they wanted more foreign holidays, presumably more than anyone else. Or maybe more exotic, perhaps Majorca instead of Benidorm.
    3) Because of the Majorca effect British industry collapsed. Presumably the working classes were enjoying too many foreign holidays.
    4) Thatcher arrived, crushed the miners Majorca aspirations, restored balance to the force and saved us all.

    Or you could go and read some Robert Reich and understand the increasing wealth distribution imbalances over the last 40 years and just start to think of how that manifests itself within our society.
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