Exclusive video: How Downing Street handled miners' strike

MARGARET Thatcher had no choice but to confront the miners in 1984, faced with the action of their 'most stupid general', Arthur Scargill, her former press secretary has said.

Margaret Thatcher in 1984

Sir Bernard Ingham, who is also a columnist for The Yorkshire Post, described the inner workings of Downing Street during the strike for a video interview for this newspaper.

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Sir Bernard said Mr Scargill had done his members “a complete disservice” by splitting their loyalties as the strike progressed.

Margaret Thatcher in 1984

He said: “Arthur Scargill was in the business of taming governments, of either colour.” But he said that although Mrs Thatcher was prepared for a strike, she wanted one “like a hole in the head”.

Click the screen to watch the clip, which is an extract from a longer interview with Sir Bernard.

Arthur Scargill in 1984
Margaret Thatcher in 1984
Arthur Scargill in 1984