Arthur Scargill

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Arthur Scargill (born January 11, 1938) was the leader of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) from 1981 to 2000 and is presently (2006) the leader of the Socialist Labour Party, a political party he founded in 1996.


  • I can honestly say that I never heard flannel like we got from the Minister... he said that we have nuclear power stations with us, whether we like it or not. I suggest to this Conference that we have coal mines with us... but they did something about this problem: they closed them down. This was a complete reversal of the policy... that was promised by the Labour Government before it was put into office... this represents a betrayal of the mining industry.[1]
    • Speaking after a Labour Party conference speech on energy policy by Richard March in July 1967.
  • "We need action not words. For the first time we are facing the prospect of seeing legislation introduced which denies the right of trade unionists to come to the assistance of other unionists and denies the right of trade unionists to seek the support of others in their disputes. There is only one response. Faced with this legislation we should say we will defy the law. It is the only action we can take and it is the only response this movement can give. If there is an attempt to use this legislation then you defy it not as an individual union but as a movement."
    • Speech to the Trades Union Congress at Brighton on the Employment Act 1982 (7 September, 1982).
    • Alan Wood, John Winder and Gordon Wellman, 'Overwhelming vote to defy 'anti-union laws' ', The Times (8 September, 1982), p. 4.
  • "My father still reads the dictionary every day. He says your life depends on your power to master words."

Quotes about Scargill[edit]

  • "Oh I detest him! I did then, I do now, and it's mutual. He hates me as well. And I'd much prefer to have his savage hatred than even the merest hint of friendship from that man."

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  1. Taylor, Andrew (1984). The Politics of the Yorkshire Miners. London: Croom Helm. p. 60. ISBN 0-7099-2447-X.