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    Barmy Arthur

    Sex pistols aside, that could have been yesterday. In fact, the year was 1977, it was the height of punk and there was even a mass rally in Birmingham, complete with band playing that old NUM favourite: "I'd rather be a picket than a scab."

    Bring on Barmy Arthur.


    This time, it's civil servants, benefit agency staff and teachers making the running in support of above-inflation pay claims.
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    Who is Barmy Arthur? What is the meaning of author's ? Thanks!

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    Re: Barmy Arthur

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi,

    Who is Barmy Arthur? What is the meaning of author's ? Thanks!
    Hi.

    "Barmy Arthur" refers to Arthur Scargill, the leader, at that time, of the UK "National Union of [Coal] Mineworkers".

    He tried twice to bring the UK to its knees with strikers, in the UK coal mines, demanding pay rises far in excess of inflation. Now there is virtually no coal mining industry left in the UK.

    What the author is saying is here comes another set of union leaders, similarly looking for increases in pay in excess of inflation.

    Hope this helps

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    NT

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