Ryan

Old Stalinists Never Die, They Just Turn Green

This issue of Quadrant will be in your hands some time close to April 1. My printed pocket diary, which dutifully lists St Bartholomew’s Day (August 24), Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand (October 21) and World Vegetarian Day (October 1) omits somehow to distinguish in any way April 1. However, we all know it well as All Fools’ Day or April Fools’ Day, the origin of which lies back in the lifetime of Jesus—even earlier than the settlement of Hawke’s Bay. Perhaps it is less surprising that my diary omits mention of another—much less ancient —anniversary which also falls on April…

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