ABSTRACT

For Roy Lynk and his colleagues elsewhere in the coal fields who joined the anti-Scargill camp, no other NUM leader - even those in Nottinghamshire who, in remaining loyal to the NUM executive, had to be disloyal to their own members - could approach the malignity and power of the NUM president. Scargill visited the Soviet Union in 1957, and Hungary in 1959, in Communist delegations: he left the YCL in 1962 or 63, either resigning or being expelled: he has at different times criticised the Soviet Union for being repressive, and the Krushchev regime for attempting to expunge Stalin’s memory. Scargill cut through all such considerations: national conference was the supreme body, its decisions ‘binding on me, on the National Executive Committee and on the union a a whole’. Time and again, in announcing decisions to the press in the customary post-executive briefing, Scargill would declare a decision ‘unanimous’.