Commemorating the sinking of the Titanic is a bad idea

It appears that a number of events are planned this wekend in Hanley to “celebrate” the sinking of the Titanic.

It is a 100 years on the 15th April since the great unsinkable ship sank. The events that led to the tragedy are well known. And the whole grotesque mismanagement of that night leads me to conclude that the sinking is a particularly vivid illustration of the class struggle.

In the 50s film of the sinking “A Night To Remember”, Lady Cosmo Duff Gordon – whose party occupied Number 1 lifeboat to themselves – turned to her secretary, Miss Francatelli as the ship sank, and said, “There is your beautiful night-dress gone.” And there too went the three Skoog children, the four young Paulssons and the eleven members of the Sage family of Cambridgeshire. All in third class, and all beneath the notice of this latter-day Marie Antoinette. Continue reading