The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0955 Thursday, 4 May 2000.
Date: Wednesday, 3 May 2000 09:29:05 -0400
Subject: Old Bill
SHAKSPEReans may recall my report of last October that
'In London yesterday the state visit to Britain of President Jiang
Zemin of China was marked by scuffles involving protesters against
China's record on human rights. The vigorous suppression of these
protests by the police accords with President Zemin's frequently
expressed sensitivity to such activities. His view that in a civilised
society dissident voices should be kept firmly in check is evidently
fully supported by the British government. This afternoon, they have
arranged for him to visit the New Globe Theatre in Southwark.'
A lively debate ensued concerning the 'political' deployment of
Shakespeare through his use as an instrument of law and order.
Its participants may now be interested to learn that in London today the
police have agreed to a declaration in the High Court that a number of
their actions on that occasion were in fact 'unlawful'. The clear
presumption is that they were acting in accordance with instructions
received from the government.
Pursued by a Blair,