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Re: Wanamaker's Globe
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 519.  Wednesday, 1 Sept. 1993.
 
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        Date:   Tuesday, 31 Aug 93 17:23:21 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0517 Re: Wanamaker's Globe
 
(2)     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 1 Sep 93  13:55 BST
        Subj:   RE: SHK 4.0517  Re: Wanamaker's Globe
 
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 31 Aug 93 17:23:21 +0100
Subject: 4.0517 Re: Wanamaker's Globe
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0517 Re: Wanamaker's Globe
 
>The Cut and the Southwark area around Waterloo station have long been an
>eyesore--beset by an underclass of beggars and homeless alcoholics panhandling
>for drinks or drugs.  If the Globe restored ameliorates this condition--and
>the local council can earmark money to do so if it sees fit--so much the
>better.
 
Indeed, some of the worst effects of fourteen years of Tory rule can be seen
in this part of town. If John Drakakis is right about the sacking of dustmen
by the local council (and I welcome views on this, since I didn't hear the
news reports myself), then I think that this indicates that the priorities
of those behind the restoration project are not enlightened. It would not
be surprising if the net 'winners' in this situation are middle-class
Shakespeareans (like myself) and not the local population. This need not
be the case. If John Drakakis or anyone else can suggest ways in which we
can all be 'winners' then I too favour the Globe restoration. If not, I
for one can live without it.
 
> Merely obstructing the building in the vain belief that it will harm the
> indigent or the working poor is codswallop.  The sort of Labour cant that
> discredited the party and kept Maggy the Great in office lo those many years.
 
Many, many kinds of cant and dissembling kept the Tories in office, but
surely not the views expressed by John Drakakis. The Labour party has
failed throughout its period of opposition to present policies that
any socialist (whether working or middle-class) could wholeheartedly
support.
 
 
  Gabriel Egan
  
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Date:           Wednesday, 1 Sep 93  13:55 BST
Subject: 4.0517  Re: Wanamaker's Globe
Comment:        RE: SHK 4.0517  Re: Wanamaker's Globe
 
At least Michael Mullin allows that the Globe project HAS a political
dimension.  However, it goes well beyond the material issues raised on the
South Bank site.  What does he think the function of these phony links with
a past "Golden Age" really is?  Why has the British government recently
legislated that the study of Shakespeare shall become compulsory at
every level of the education system?  Why has Prince Charles, this summer,
instigated his own Shakespeare summer school at Stratford?  Has it got
absolutely nothing to do with our imminent absorption into Europe?  With
Ireland?  With the declining fortunes of the House of Windsor?  Think about
it, Michael -as presumably Sam "Commander of the British Empire" Wannamaker
has.
 
Terence Hawkes, University of Wales, Cardiff.
 

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