BEANFIELD — page 2

MALE COMMITTEE MEMBER: they think they own —

FEMALE COMMITTEE MEMBER#1: the roads of Salisbury Plain —

MALE COMMITTEE MEMBER: the fields we farm —

FEMALE COMMITTEE MEMBER#2: the postcard views we buy
to plant our names beneath an English sky.

CHAIRMAN: Now calm discussion, tolerance have failed —

FEMALE COMMITTEE MEMBER#1:
You can’t show tolerance to those who choose
to have no fixed abode —

MALE COMMITTEE MEMBER: get high on drugs, refuse to work

FEMALE COMMITTEE MEMBER#2: Have sex in public places —
(Everyone looks at her.)
(Embarrassed.)
So I’m told.

FEMALE COMMITTEE MEMBER#1:
We didn’t vote the Tories in for this,
these strangely costumed travellers are just —

FEMALE COMMITTEE MEMBER#2:
Clowns and musicians, harmless in their way —

MALE COMMITTEE MEMBER:
Despoilers, vagabonds without the fear
to stay away from all that we hold dear —

FEMALE COMMITTEE MEMBER#1:
They learn no lessons from our history,
they pilfer in our gentle village shops.

(The chairman is increasingly watching and listening with cool detachment..)

MALE COMMITTEE MEMBER: The gypsies and the Irish cannot help it,
it’s in their blood, but new age travellers
have turned their backs on lives they could have led,
with boots straps pulled and buckled down —

FEMALE COMMITTEE MEMBER#2:
Restrained themselves upon the marriage bed.
(Everyone looks at her again. Further embarrassment.)