I just thought it worth mentioning that when Titanic sank and 2/3 of those on board perished, 37% of first class passengers died, 74% of third class passengers and 78% of the crew-members. I mention this because I learnt today on twitter that the memorial plaque bearing the names of the dead, listed them in alphabetical order, as the twitter-comment pointed out, making no distinction of class or creed. Well, fuck it! I think class matters and the figures above suggest that it mattered on Titanic as well, or it mattered sufficiently to privilege the first class over the third class and crew.
And while I’m at it: the centenary of the ship’s sinking looked more like a marketing opportunity for Belfast than a genuine act of commemoration. I’m not sure how anyone can square taking a disaster at sea that leaves over 1500 people dead and turning it into a heritage industry.
And to finish with, this really pushed me over the edge into apoplexy. Did you here the one about the guy who was gloating over ‘communist’ North Korea’s failed rocket launch on the same day he was welcoming the announcement from a senior Chinese politician, Liu Yandong, that her country was committed to Northern Ireland? Then two days later he was mourning the sinking of the Titanic. Is it just me…