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Santa (WWII) CW-9 names of ships for a song (58* d) RE: (WWII) CW-9 names of ships for a song 01 Feb 10


I think we tend to forget nowadays just how much the country relied upon coal. Not just to keep the home fires burning, but to run the factories and power stations and the furnaces. A ship can and did carry much more than a train: the railways were already working at full stretch, as books on the wartime activities will tell you.

What makes me feel uncomfortable about this song is that it totally ignores the real need to get that coal through. It sets up an establishment straw man to be sneered at and hated. It is not entertainment but propaganda, relying on omission and untruth (or at least exaggeration) to make a political point. I don't think it's a true offering of respect to the sailors at all.


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