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Wednesday, 4 October 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

10.1. Safety rules and standards for passenger ships (A8-0167/2017 - Daniela Aiuto)
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  Daniel Hannan (ECR ). – Madam President, my colleague, Rupert Matthews, just propagated an enduring myth, namely that the Titanic did not meet the safety standards of its time. It is an idea sedulously propagated ever since, not least in the film in which Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet show such impressive post-coital vigour and energy for the rest of the duration of the sinking. In fact, the Titanic was well in advance of the safety rules of its time on lifeboats and everything else, but I think there is a lesson to be drawn there about modesty, and about not thinking that you can declare some invincible or irresistible policy.

Look at the things we are voting on today: all these plans to eliminate unemployment and become the greatest knowledge economy, and so on. We are like the architects of that doomed vessel, with the lack of self-awareness to see that we cannot decree these things and make them happen. Let us rather act in the spirit of the poor bandleader, Wallace Hartley, who, in his final minutes, played himself out with his threnody, remembering the hymn he had learned as a boy. If we stick to what we know, rather than presuming to tell the rest of the world what to do, we might be a little bit more respected.

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