I am a civil servant and I am disgusted with today’s announcement that the government has decided to cut 91,000 jobs. Worse still, they made the announcement in an article in the Tory propaganda machine the Daily Mail, rather than having the courtesy to inform their own staff first. Disgusting but typical.
I would hope that the nation remembers that it was the civil service that kept the country on its feet during the pandemic, that keeps the government machine ticking over. Civil servants were lucky enough to keep their employment throughout, and worked bloody hard too. And don’t forget they also pay taxes, not something the government will ever recognise.
I despise the Conservatives and their contempt for the public sector. I yearn for an election and the chance to be rid of the lot of them.
From my favourite Bristol artist, Andrew Burns Colwill, is this outstanding new mural for Upfest’s 75 walls in 75 days event. Everything about this triptych piece is pretty much perfect. From the wall selection and use of the spaces to the highly political content, let alone the brilliant execution using his soak stain technique.
My interpretation of the three suited figures in a pool represents the drowning of our Government and in particular senior ministers who, let’s face it, haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory over the last few years. On the left could be Sajid Javid, our SoS for health who took over the role from the utterly incompetent and indiscreet Matt Hancock. It doesn’t really matter who it is as they are representative of the Conservative Party political gang who care more about power than they do about the citizens who put them there.
The central panel is more obviously a caricature of our utterly ridiculous Prime Minister who is now completely under the control of his power-hungry wife Carrie Johnson who seems to have more influence over government policy than he does. The pantomime continues, although it is more of a tragedy as our country slips into isolation and irrelevance.
The final panel, with the red budget box, is obviously our beloved (not) chancellor Rishi Sunak who appears to have hoodwinked the entire country into thinking he is our saviour. I don’t feel particularly saved. The bar amongst the cabinet is so low, that anyone with the slightest talent shines like a beacon, but it is all comparative. So the piece certainly portrays a failing government and failing ministers and it is delivered in a tranquil, calm and resigned manner that gives the piece so much power. It is brilliant.
Andrew Burns Colwill is also amazing at creating those tiny little details that add so much to a piece, like this little drip of water oozing from a real crack in the wall. A sensational piece and commentary on our current political state. Bravo!
I am dreading the result of the election. All forecasts have the Tories ahead. I am not sure how much more of Conservative values this country can stand. The poorest and disenfranchised have been conned into voting Tory (many for the first time) on the ‘get Brexit done’ agenda. A self-destructive act, like turkeys voting for Christmas.
How have these people become marginalised? How have they become poorer? How have they come to despise the established elite? One thing you can be pretty sure about is that it has been more to do with ten years of a Conservative government than it has been to do with 40 years in the EU. The cunning conflation of issues and deliberate anti-Europe narrative pushed by Farage and the ERG for many years has created a construct that people want to believe.
We have had decades of similar deceit from similar people on the issue of climate change. There was a time when climate change scepticism was trendy, particularly in Tory ranks, and these people were proud of that status. Where are they now? They were wrong then, they are wrong now.
In Bristol, most of the political street art seems to be created by stencil specialists. I guess the technique lends itself to writing messages and combining them with famous, iconic or striking figures.
In this beautifully executed example by Dice 67, we see a homeless man holding up a banner, while behind him there is a group of Tory politicians, in what appears to be a police line up. The Prime Minister is accompanied by Gove, Hunt, Osborne and one other. The Tory manufactured mantra since the coalition has been ‘we’re all in it together’. Obviously it is not the case, as the wealthy continue to get wealthier and the poorest in our communities are dropping through the cracks.
Whether I agree or not with this piece is irrelevant in so much as it is a fantastic work and worthy of greater exposure. Dice 67 is a brilliant stencil artist, and I always love it when he visits Bristol and leaves something like this behind.
He signs off the piece with his usual spray cans. A great work.