From Jim in the comments:
He’s [Parris] also being very disingenuous in saying ‘no-one voted for a confrontation with the miners’ because a) the government didn’t MAKE the miners go on strike, they chose to, its not like it was in the government’s power to force them on strike against their will, and b) the voters HAD voted for a government who had explicitly put anti-union legislation in its manifesto, so no-one could have been in much doubt what course the Tories would take in a Miners Strike Round 2 (or was it 3?). I doubt anyone who voted Tory in 1979 was that put out when Mrs T refused to bow her knee to Arthur Scargill and the NUM. They’d experienced that over the previous decade and were fed up with it.
So he’s being very dishonest in equating the government’s action during the Miners Strike and his desire to ignore a clear single issue vote over Brexit.