The political floodgates leading to the elections have indeed been opened, writes Khaya Sithole.
Exactly 37 years ago this week, one of the defining periods of Margaret Thatcher's career – and Britain's economic history, was ignited. On 6 March 1984, The National Coal Board announced a decision to cut Britain's national coal output by four million tons in response to mounting losses.
As an employer of 190 000 people across Britain, the coal industry formed an important backbone of the British industrial effort. The proposed closures would see over 20 000 people lose their jobs.