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    I'm afraid that Deal's resident historian of Kent's working-class history has buried the truth in the slag heap of his own political posturing, and that the reality of the strike's circumstances are rather more complex (as he would know if he hadn't simply copied a summary of it without quotation marks or acknowledgement). Management's attempt to dock wages prompted the strike. But it seems, as one of the wives said at the time, that there's still some animosity from those who live in that 'rotten little place' and that the miners are 'still looked down on in Deal'.

    Some facts (and some fascinating Mass Observation interviews) here:

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