Arthur Scargill, President of the National Union of Mineworkers refused to hold a strike vote, which meant the strike was deemed unlawful. Whole communities suffered as the industrial action dragged on, according to Martin Adeney and John Loyd's book "The Miners' Strike, 1984-1985" (Taylor and Francis, 1988). Images of violent clashes between strikers and police were beamed around the world. Thatcher stood firm, and was living up to her "Iron Lady" reputation, but many saw her as cold and heartless, uncaring for the damage she was causing to honest hardworking families. After a year, the unions were forced to back down, opening up a new era in industrial relations and leaving the unions a shadow of their former selves. … [Read more...] about Margaret Thatcher: Facts about the controversial prime minister in ‘The Crown’
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Careful attention to cultural judgements can help clinicians distinguish beliefs that require psychiatric treatment from those that do not. Consider a young Bengali woman’s belief that her husband had been possessed by an invisible spiritual creature called a jinn. Beliefs about jinn possession are widespread in some Muslim communities. In this case, the treating psychiatrists (in Australia) were aided by a Muslim Bengali caseworker who advised about cultural factors impacting the patient’s presentation. … [Read more...] about Is belief in God a delusion?
And stress may be especially hard on a woman's heart. During periods of stress, blood flow to a man's heart increases, but does not change in women, a study by Penn State researchers showed. That suggests women could be more susceptible to heart problems caused by stress, they said. … [Read more...] about Margaret Thatcher: Why Powerful Women Face More Stress