Huw Edwards criticises Jeremy Paxman for ‘lecturing’ Welsh about mining disasters
BBC broadcaster Huw Edwards has criticised Jeremy Paxman for “lecturing” the people of Wales on the subject of their own mining disasters.
In comments made on S4C programme Heno, Jeremy Paxman said that Welsh mining disasters were “forgotten” and that people should have “more respect”.
In his new book Black Gold: The History of How Coal Made Britain, Paxman writes of Aberfan, “soon the dead children will be forgotten”.
“Well, people will forget Aberfan, I’m afraid,” he told Heno. “In the way that they forgot previous Welsh mining disasters. There was one for example in 1934 at Gresford that is almost completely forgotten now.
“People go to a garden centre now which is on top of where men died entombed beneath them. The bodies are still down there.
“I just think we ought to have more respect for these people.”
266 men died at Gresford Colliery, near Wrexham on 22 September 1934. Controversially, the company decided to seal the colliery rather than recover the bodies.
Huw Edwards however responded by linking to the story on social media and saying the intervention amounted to “lecturing”
“Where Paxo discovers Welsh mining disasters and lectures Wales on ‘respect’. Yeah.”
In 2016 Huw Edwards presented a BBC documentary entitled Aberfan: The Fight for Justice that looked at the testimony given during the 76-day long tribunal of inquiry.
🏴 On this day ever year we think of the 144 children and adults who lost their lives in 1966. The story is one of criminal neglect and injustice. 👇🏻 Aberfan: The Fight for Justice: https://t.co/FYeuDiHM6R via @bbciplayer
— Huw Edwards (@thehuwedwards) October 21, 2021
Jeremy Paxman also added of Aberfan: “There’s nothing worse than being a parent and seeing your child go before you. I cried when I was there.”
However, he also controversially suggests in his new book that Aberfan was also partly the fault of the people who worked at the mine.
“How many knew of the potential dangers, and kept silent because without the tip there would be no mine, and without the mine, the village would be likely to die,” he wrote.
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