It's not brushing things under the carpet - comments on here indicate that I, and those with similar views are well aware of what happened. I know people who were on both sides of the lines in the miners dispute, and TooTall makes a good point. Any sweeping has clearly not been very effective. And I would suggest that any "unlawful" activity by the Police etc nowadays is far less likely to be left unchallenged for 30 years - we have learnt valuable lessons from the mistakes of the past.
Our point is that - as a country and a society - we cannot afford the time or money to keep clawing over all the things that have happened over the years. We need to stop looking for someone to blame (and/or claim compensation from) and concentrate on how we sort out the problems we have now.
I have miners on both sides of my family, and uncles in the north east shipbuilders. I was brought up near Corby and still have friends there. I remember when a trip to visit relatives up north involved going past miles of pits, slag heaps, factories and furnaces along the A1/M1. Living and working where I do now I understand how dreadful it has been for communities who have had their main source of employment and pride closed down over the last 20,30,even 40 years ago. Mistakes - genuine and criminal - were made on all sides over that time.
But some communities have got up, brushed themselves down and got on with it. They haven't kept looking backwards to blame someone or tried to make themselves out to be victims. They've MTFU'd more than many of us can appreciate and gone through all kinds of problems to move on and start afresh.
And mark my words, the only ones who will see any real benefit from an enquiry are the lawyers. Shakespeare had the solution to that particular societal ill...