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Today, almost 25 years since the miners’ strike began, the industry has been decimated, with only a few thousand jobs left. The proud traditions remain as the Durham Miner’s Gala demonstrates each year, and many miners have taken their fighting traditions into the wider labour movement. But many of the pit villages are crumbling and the social effects may never be completely overcome, on the basis of capitalism.But this destruction wasn’t an ‘act of god’ or some huge work of nature like the tsunami. This was a deliberately worked out plan. It was an attempt to take on and smash the most militant determined and class conscious section of the organised labour movement. And this was seen as a critically important task by the ruling class ad their chosen instrument, the Tory Party. It even had a name, the Ridley Report.