the 20th anniversary of the miners' strike approaches, former Labour
Leader Neil Kinnock has admitted for the first time that he "detests"
former National Union of Miners president Arthur Scargill.
in a television interview for a BBC Wales documentary The Coal War
(Monday, March 8, BBC ONE Wales), Kinnock - now a European Commissioner
- also reveals that the astonishing animosity between the pair of
key players in the 1984-85 miners' strike is mutual.
I detest him (Scargill)", says the former MP for Islwyn.
did then, I do now, and it's mutual. He hates me as well. And I'd
much prefer to have his savage hatred than even the merest hint
of friendship from that man."
the 50 minute programme Kinnock, who was elected leader of the Labour
Party a few months before the strike began, also confesses that
his biggest regret was not to call for a national ballot.
says he was determined not to give Arthur Scargill what he calls
ill-feeling between Kinnock and Scargill vividly illustrates the
tense undercurrents which prevailed during the strike, and which
unlikely that we will ever see the likes of the miners' strike again,"
says The Coal War presenter and BBC Wales Political Editor David
the passage of time has not healed the deep wounds which opened
up in a dispute which degenerated into open warfare,"