It doesn’t further the Loach approach - not really a consolidation either - but as ever ‘more of the same’ is generally welcome when the perception and ‘truth’ sought is this clear-sighted, but the narrative wanders in the second half with the somewhat unnecessary sojourn to Bristol. It’s inaccurate to see this a critique of Thatcherism as the decades of underinvestment and bloated unionisation is evident throughout.
British social realism. One of his best compared to his later ones that I consider to be too politically engaged and sometimes too commercial to be credible. By the way I've never really been seduced by his films. This one is more a convincing socio-fictional documentary made by a cinematic sociographer.