Moreoever, he uses Vladimir Lenin (ehem?) as his scourge in this peculiar argument!
Is going to the opera the sign of civilised humanity? And should we expect politicians - of all people - to display such outward signals of alleged civilisation? And since when was Lenin the arbiter on matters of civilisation?
Trotsky, by the way, developed quite a taste for operetta, and became perilously enamoured of a young soubrette, whom he courted with very public assiduity. However, the young lady failed to reciprocate his intentions, so he devoted himself - as any young man would - to the cause of world revolution instead.
As I have mentioned before, the cause of opera was - without any reasonable explanation in the writings of Marx - strongly taken up by the USSR, which set about building opera houses in every existing large city in the country, and even in those new cities it built too. Where else but in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics would the sheepherders of Buryatia have been collectivised into a large new city for their convenience - and then supplied with a brand-new opera and ballet theatre, to fill the time between sheep-shearings?
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Politicians' relationship with the Arts is tricky, particulary in the UK. Gorgeous George Osborne was roundly criticised for watching part of the Ring Cycle at Covent Garden recently, and Margaret Hodge laid into the Proms for being 'too white'.
You are probably better off being seen at a football match, although not all sports are acceptable. John Prestcott was attacked for playing croquet. If it had been football, there would have no problem for New Labour.
I should perhaps confess that I rarely see politicians at arts events. I bumped into Neil Kinnock on a few occasions at the NT, but that was only when NT stood for No Tories!
I have never seen a politician at the Almeida, the spiritual home of New Labour, but I cannot help but think that British politics would be healthier for an understanding of great drama, Neil!
John Prestcott was attacked for playing croquet. If it had been football, there would have no problem for New Labour.
I somehow doubt the jowly figure of Two-Jags Prezza would have coped with more than about 8-9 minutes of football. I am surprised he played croquet - allowing other people armed with mallets near his unloved presence?
Shows at the Almeida would typically require more intelligence than the average politico commands. Nor is the theatre lustred with glided stucco or equipped with a champagne bar - the more usual attractions of the dramatic arts for politicians