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Half mast? We should have had a holiday; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES.

| SIR - Like Patrick Rafferty (Letters, April 11) I am ashamed at the flags flying at half mast over the Assembly on the occasion on Margaret Thatcher's death.

It is the economics of the madhouse that we are importing 40-50 million tonnes of coal to provide 50% of the electricity we use, all of which we have to pay the foreign suppliers for, especially when there were 223 deep coal mines in Britain before 1984, now there are three, none in Wales.

Similarly in 1984 most of our energy companies were British, but they were sold off, and are now in the hands of overseas firms, who make massive profits supplying overpriced gas, and then take them abroad.

All of this is due to ideological idiocy of Margaret Thatcher, who carried out a class war against her own people, calling for example, the miners, "the enemy within". Having defeated the miners she then took on the rest of the trade union movement and emasculated it.

Hollowing out the coal, steel and manufacturing industries in the process and destroying millions of well paid jobs, and devastating communities. Her magic market forces did not rush in to provide new employment and opportunities in the communities that lost their industry overnight.

In fact as we have recently seen, in many parts of South Wales, the GDP is some 70 to 80% of the British average, and yet the Assembly, to their shame fly the flags at half mast, rather than give everyone a public holiday.

It is hard to sum up the Thatcher experience in a few words but two come to mind. "Apres moi le deluge", "I don't care what happens next, I'll be gone", attributed to Louis XV or Madame Pompadour.

Another option are the alleged words quoted by the Roman historian Tacitus who wrote a speech attributed to Calgacus, a British chieftain, gave in advance of the Battle of Mons Graupius which describes the exploitation of Britain by Rome and rouses his troops to robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name of empire; "they make a desert and call it peace".

Of course if we need a song there is a good one in the Wizard of Oz, "Ding Dong the witch is dead".

JOHN OWEN Caerphilly
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 12, 2013
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