Two former Yorkshire miners have backed the police over their bitter dispute with the government saying it's all water under the bridge. Alf Tupper and Sam McGrime, of the Flag and Parrot, Mexborough were referring to 12 March, 1984 when 100000 miners downed tools and one of the longest and bloodiest industrial disputes in British history started.
Margaret Thatcher had ripped up a longstanding agreement by announcing 20 pit closures with the loss of 20,000 jobs. The Battle of Orgreave took place in June '84 when picketing miners were assaulted by police and army. The strike collapsed by 3 March 1985.
The two former miners later said they were fooking joking about supporting the police before being joined by two whippets and a pigeon for a pint.