THE HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE
On 6 March 1987 the car ferry “Herald of Free Enterprise”, owned by Townsend Thoresen (later P&O) capsized outside the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, causing 193 deaths. A number of safety measures that would have prevented the disaster had not been taken because they were seen as low priority or would have reduced profits.
In December 2009 the Copenhagen climate change talks ended without countries’ leaders agreeing to Carbon emissions limits, after aggressive campaigns by commercial interests attacked the whole idea that humans were causing global warming.
The Herald of Free Enterprise
Proclaimed a message of hope and joy
In words that could be painted gold
And deep vermilion in a book.
He blew a long note on his horn.
When from the sea there came a scream
From trapped and drowning passengers
And from the writhing, poisoned earth,
The herald turned the speakers off.