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For all you call Scargill he was right on one thing. If we don't stand up to Thatcher then mining as an industry will cease to exist. Other than museums there are no deep mining operations in this country. Not one. The country is literally built of coal, and clean burn technology had been developed.
I do support the move to green technologies, but surely the miners deserved better than they got? The railways too, as the death of coal robbed them of 35% of their traffic. It's the knock on effect of losing one industry, from miners to hairdressers in communities that just cease to have a reason to exist.
Change is inevitable, but does it need to be so chaotic and heartless.
All political parties are equally to blame and at shame in this respect.
Look at your own job, how easy to replace you? My industry collapsed. I was in IT, UK IT was work leading, many of the best and brightest worked freelance. Then a Labour Minister, at the urging if her husband who happened to benefit massively, introduced tax law that favoured the giant offshore software housed and made working freelance nigh on impossible. At a stroke companies ditched Freelancers in favour of offshore software houses. Projects went from being small groups who delivered quickly and systems worked, to massive sprawling behemoths that take forever to deliver and don't work. Those developing them have no context in which to operate. They don't understand what they're doing, quite literally. Very clever people, but you need context. My work went to India and China. Before I gave up work my last few roles were exclusively fixing the dogs breakfasts these companies created. Highlight the issues, then lead the fixes. One design we sent to India was for a new report, it was mocked up on the computer and some _and written notes put on it, one saying "use the corporate colour scheme and correct fonts!", there was a manual for that, it should have taken a couple of weeks at most. Three months late it came back, wrong colour scheme, wrong fonts, and across the screen, and they were very proud of this, was a beautiful facsimile of my _andwriting scrawled electronically over the report saying "use the corporate colour scheme and correct fonts!". I was lost for words. I had to excuse myself and go for a walk before swearing at them, laughing at them, strangling the ones in the UK, or all three. Any of the _andful of previous developers would have known what to do...this veritable legion didn't have a clue between them.
I'd advise anyone at the beginning of their careers to pick something that needs you to be there to do the job, with actual skills, I used to say Dentist or Plumber. But my local Dental Practice have had one Romanian, a Portuguese, several Indians, a lovely lady from Chile, etc..., as for plumbers it's usually easier to learn Polish to talk to them. Learn a few stock phrases. I've nothing against these people as people, they're usually very nice people, but what are our kids going to do for a living?