Hi Matt, was Thatcher a Hero or Villain over Orgreave?

HancockWhen MPs or Ministers are asked questions they regularly demonstrate they believe they have the choice of avoiding the question if it is seen as potentially a trick question or answering it and being taken out and criticised in public. There can be few credible people who would argue that Winston Churchill was a Hero in 1910 over his instructions to use violence to crush the miners and parts of their community in Tonypandy in an attempt to end a strike. It seems unlikely that Winston Churchill would have done so based on the regret he later expressed for such a poor judgement and indeed there are other things he did which were clearly poor decisions that have led to death and destruction for innocent people. So when John McDonnell was asked the question was Churchill a Hero or Villain in that context his response “Tonypandy – Villain” was very clear and uncomplicated. However given the response from Matt Hancock perhaps someone could ask him if he thought Thatcher was a Hero or Villain over Orgreave and then we can all observe his response? For the record I know of Police Officers who took part in the conflict who know she was a villain in that setting, but Matt is a bit closer to her party than they are. However he is the one publicly criticising McDonnell for his response so it seems reasonable to ask him to answer!

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I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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