The Wanting Seed

Who is Robert Starling from The Wanting Seed and what is their importance?

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Robert Starling is the gay prime minister of Great Britain during the novel's Pelphase, who is later exiled to a foreign country as the cycle begins to move into the Gusphase, and heterosexuality is again approved. Near the novel's end, Starling waits patiently for another turn of the cycle that will bring him back into power.