I thought that I would share this exciting news about the latest Eurostar e320 trains with everyone:
In the light of the tragic – and in the full original sense of the word – outrageous attack on the offices of Parisian satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday 7 January 2015 might I suggest that Eurostar’s new e320 EMUs be henceforth known as the Freedom Class and carry nameplates celebrating those who have kept free speech alive in the face of oppression? Even if this suggestion is not taken up, Je Suis Charlie. And so is my website.
“In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression — everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want — which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants — everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear — which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor– anywhere in the world.
That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.
To that new order we oppose the greater conception — the moral order. A good society is able to face schemes of world domination and foreign revolutions alike without fear.”
The “Four Freedoms”
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Address to Congress
6 January 1941