ABSTRACT

In the process, the media came to be ranked undifferentiated alongside the police, judiciary and government by Arthur Scargill as the shock troops of the Establishment against the striking miners. Deliberately and as a matter of routine identified as ‘vermin’ in the warm-up part of almost every Scargill speech, reporters and, more particularly, television crews felt the imprint of miners’ lists and boots in a way rare in other disputes. The argument was that it should be worth reading and worth buying, a valuable asset for the board particularly as its detailed tables on wage offers and redundancy payments were treated as gospel by many miners. Miners inevitably believed that they had a better opportunity to set out their case on the current affairs programmes. Working miners’ groups also worried that the violence on television dissuaded more from joining them, and producers and reporters found working miners much less anxious to co-operate than striking miners in making programmes.