Letter from . . . June 1983
Politics on stage
On art and politics.
The fires of early spring have awakened moral fervor in the cultural apparatchiks of the Greater London Council. Under the leadership of Trotskyist Ken Livingstone, this august British soviet issued a grim ukase in March: henceforth no circus using trained animal acts shall set foot, perform, or otherwise expose itself on GLC-owned land. The circus ban is part of the British Left’s new and wild dedication to animal rights. This has inspired a fierce promise that Labor—if it wins the General Election—will prohibit the shooting of innocent pheasants, guinea fowl, quail, and pigeons, and eradicate the hunting of innocent foxes. Innocent fish, being a quarry of the proletariat, are not to be protected. Thus do comrades Foot, Benn, and Livingstone aspire with dumb animals to capture the voices of dumb voters.
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