LARKIN, PHILIP (1922-1985)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'HOW TO WIN THE NEXT ELECTION (TUNE: LILLIBULERO'), 10 lines in two stanzas plus choruses, 1 page, folio, filing holes 
Prison for strikers,
Bring back the cat...
...Lock up the Commies, --
God save the Queen!
(Cho[rus]: Commies, commies, etc.)
Andrew Motion cites this poem as evidence of Larkin's increasingly right-wing views in politics.
Of Harold Wilson's Labour government Larkin had written to Kingsley Amis in 1969: 'the decimal-loving, nigger-mad, army-cutting, abortion-promoting, murderer-pardoning, daylight-hating ponces, to hell with them, the worst government I can remember' (pp. 409-410).
RARE. No poetical manuscripts by Larkin are recorded as having been sold at auction. Larkin's papers are mainly in Hull University and the Bodleian. Also see lot 331.
REFERENCES: Location Register of Twentieth-Century Literary Manuscripts and Letters, 2 volumes, 1988; Andrew Motion, Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life, 1993.