Ten of the Best - Middle Classes At Work And Play 1900-2000: Savvy Londoners give us some strike survival tips
We could learn something from the middle-class heroes in this clip. It shows savvy businessmen and women in London coping with a tube strike; on such an occasion, don’t panic – get creative! Why not skate to work on precarious homemade skates? Or illegally carry passengers in the boot of your car? The voiceover explains that the authorities turned a blind eye for a day, so why not give risking your life a go? Jogging in your undergarments is suggested, but sprinting from middle-class commuter havens like Guildford or Horsham doesn’t seem appealing.
It is comforting to see not much has changed for the commuter though. Buses were hopelessly inadequate and the bridges carried standstill traffic. Apparently nine out of ten commuters were late for work on the occasion of this strike, but how that’s different to any other day is beyond us. If recent times are anything to go by, we’ve learnt nothing from our ancestors about how to survive a strike – this is the film version of “keep calm and carry on”.