As the son of a miner, whom watched his dad's work close due to the work being shipped abroad, and then saw his dad die of a heart attack, I was brought up through the Hatchet years. My mum had to work two jobs and bring up two kids and we nearly lost the house on several occasions. There were no jobs as the major industries had been wiped out by the Hatchet government, so I and my yoofful cronies road our bikes, signed on and attended every p!ss poor YTS excuse in order to gain employment.
Most of my friends moved abroad or moved to London to scrape a wage. I saw families torn apart, houses burnt out, drug use escalate, men and sons scavenging on the local tip to find old copper and the like to feed their families, mothers on street corners trying to hustle a wage for a school uniform for their kids etc.
I was at a friend's house watching TV when Hatchet was voted in. I was only a kid and I remember my friend's dad saying to his family, "Well that's me stuffed..." I didn't understand what he meant. However, 18 months later, my mate's dad had lost his job in management at a local firm and their house was put up for sale. They moved from a fairly wealthy lifestyle to proper working class surroundings. Here was a bloke I used to see go to work in a suit and tie and drive a nice car. Now he was in overalls and driving a banger. This was an eye opener to me at an early age as to what was happening.
I have lived all over Blighty and travelled to several parts of the world. Britain is in a bad way. I was hoping for a New Blair Order to wipe out the yuppiedom of the Hatchet years, but New Labour
has created an even scarier breed of individual whom will sh!t on their workmates whilst chasing the dollar. Britain is dirty from the top to the bottom. This is what Thatcher's Children
I was watching all the brown-noses on the box this morn talking about how Hatchet was the first British woman
My Mum is a woman, and she kept a family together, fed her kids and a roof over our heads. Whilst Hatchet did the complete opposite and spat families onto the streets.
I can't see why Kate Garraway keeps harping on about how Hatchet was a woman.
If they put up a statue for Hatchet, I will hire a JCB and fecking demolish it, but then again, I think I'll have to get in the queue.
For me, Moggie Hatchet can only synonymous with one word...poverty.