Ian MacGregor - The Enemies Within (2nd Hand Hardback)
- Format : Thickish 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - Politics & Government
- Published : 1986 (Collins - 1st Edition, 1st Printing)
- ISBN : 9780002177061
- SKU : B001879
- PPC : SP650gm
- RRP : £15.00
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
Subtitled : The Story of The Miners' Strike 1984-85 (with Rodney Tyler).
The title of Sir Ian MacGregor's autobiography is in two significant parts - The Enemies Within (a controversial phrase of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher), refers to the overt and clandestine nexus of Marxist elements in the trades unions, the government, the church, the civil service, the media of British society.
And the sub-title - The Story of the Miners' Strike, 1984-85, refers to his specific task of revitalising major sections of British industry: crucially, his handling of the strike at the National Coal Board (NCB) and its subsequent de-bureaucratisation and return to management control, which forms the last three-quarters of the book.
"Ian MacGregor’s Boy’s Own Paper account of how he single-handedly felled Arthur Scargill in spite of back-stabbing, bad-mouthing and betrayal by colleagues, politicians, civil servants and journalists is a richly fantastic piece of work: none the less, it’s firmly anchored in an accurate appreciation of the absurdity of the British industrial scene and its incapacity to adapt to technical and economic change." - LRB
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