Disappointing really, it’s about boats.
Just watched ‘the men who built the liners...'
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Was that the one about Clydeside?
I've seen it a couple of times, and am always impressed by the oratory skills of the late Jimmy Reid.
That’s the one; Reid was eloquent, and a surprisingly sympathetic character.
He was Thor, and what impressed me was his realisation that going out on strike was not helping anyone.
By instigating a 'work-in' he achieved far more, proving that his men could and would work efficiently.
What struck me was the thought of how different his life would have been had he been born middleclass.
A greatly intelligent, mostly self-taught man.
There’s the rub; the whole documentary highlighted the reasons for the collapse of heavy industry in Britain - terrible, complacent management, troglodyte unions and above all else, the antagonistic class system. Being born working class shouldn’t have held him down; being born the son of a shipyard owner shouldn’t have made that Stephens man a shoo-in for the job.
Al, my dad was a marine engineer - I’ve always called them boats ‘cause it annoys the hell out of him; no offence.
Please don't smite me, but that's 'shoo-in.'
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