This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 'Miners Strike'. Last night, I was watching a documentary, shown on BBC 4, about the impact of the strike in Hatfield, one of the pits at the centre of the dispute. A number of things struck me about this dispute. The bitterness and division that lingers to this day, both within this community against strike-breakers and Thatcher, against miners from other, non-striking collieries, and amongst both the miners and the police. What struck me most of all, regardless of the rights and wrongs of this particular dispute, was the deep sense of solidarity that these miners' felt, the collective will to succeed against the immense forces deployed against them, the pride they felt in both themselves and their community, and the intense pride they had in their chosen occupation. I wonder if this sense of community still exists, or if it is something that has, like so many great British attributes and qualities, fallen victim to the 'me' and 'self-preservation' culture.