Legendary comedian-activist Mark Thomas delivers a personal, funny and heartbreaking story of betrayal at the hands of a corporate spy for the arms trade.
As ever with Thomas, the personal is the political. His friendship with Martin, formerly national campaign and events coordinator for the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), illustrates a larger point about the cruelties of corporate espionage, which were brought into sharp relief last year. Four women testified to a parliamentary select committee that undercover police officers had lived with them in committed relationships for years at a time, simply to get closer to activist groups.
Thomas focuses his revenge on the arms companies he sees as being at fault for what happened to him. His reaction to Martin, some years later, is far kinder. When you see the show, you will understand why he says: “It’s hard to find villains here.” And you definitely should see the show.
Words Caroline Whitham
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