THIS WEEK IN 1988: Portsmouth MP hits at Zeebrugge link

A poster showing the stricken Herald of Free Enterprise ferry, and urging support for seamen who were in an industrial dispute, was slammed as '˜sick and deplorable' by a Portsmouth MP.

Tuesday, 22nd May 2018, 7:00 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 8:28 am
jpns 190518 retro Poster - The controversial poster

Peter Griffiths, the Tory MP for Portsmouth North, said the poster – published by the Socialist Workers Party – was in bad taste and grossly insensitive to the feelings of those bereaved by the Zeebrugge tragedy.

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The National Union of Seamen disassociated itself from the poster which was discovered on a wall near Portsmouth city centre.

The poster showed the ill-fated ferry, in which almost 200 people died, lying on her side. Above were the words ‘Remember Zeebrugge’ and below the sentence ‘Now they are out to murder a union’, accompanied by the message ‘Support the seafarers!’.