30 years after the Miners strike newly released cabinet papers from 1984 reveal mineworkers' union leader Arthur Scargill was not being a fantasist in his t to claim there was a "secret hit-list" of more than 70 pits marked for closure.
A key adviser to then-PM Margaret Thatcher denies any cover-up claims.
The miners' strike began in March 1984 and did not end until the next year. It had a devastating affect on mining communities and was not helped by the likes of the then Labour Leader Neil Kinnock who seemed at times to be more intent destroying Scargill influence than backing effective solidarity with the miners.
Prehaps the biggest appology should come from him. but he probably remembers his role differently. He often does.
Nor was it helped by a complacent media including the BBC who portrayed the miners as being violent and never showed the brutality of the police force used against them.
The so called Interdependent and unbiased BBC and I TV news showed film of miners throwing stones before being charged by police on horseback.
Only years later was it explained that film had been "mistakenly" transposed. There were three cavalry charges before any retaliation by miners and their supporters.
Indeed as the revelations come to light that Scargill was correct in his accusations that the Government were intent on closing 70 mines we need an investigation into whether the Government planned to actually create confrontation and a strike and portray the NUM as the "Enemy Within".
The Tories it is known deputed Nicholas Ridley to draw up a plan to utilise all the power of the state to provoke an NUM strike and to smash the union.
His plan involved building up coal stocks at power stations, arranging to import coal through scab ports, recruiting large numbers of lorry drivers prepared to drive at full speed through picket lines, expanding dual coal-oil power stations, slashing benefits to strikers' families and putting the police on a united, nationwide war footing.
When you consider all the investigative journalists there were at the time it odd that the Tory Government agenda seemed to only come under from the Morning Star.
What the miner strike proved is where power really lies in Britain and in 1984 and it wasn't the Unions and 30 years later it is even more concentrated amongst the elite whether in the government or the media.