One of the best programmes on British TV over the past couple of weeks has been a long running comedy programme called “The New”s.
Last week the British Parliament was scheduled to have a “meaningful vote” following5 days of posturing and debate in Parliament, the day before the vote the Government, meaning actually Theresa May, postponed the vote. The next day she faced a vote of no confidence from her own parliamentary party which she survived. The title of this blogpost is a reference to that hilarious slapstick moment the day after that vote when Theresa May squared up to Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels.
Satirist and subverter Joe Bloggs pasted up a lovely modified mayonnaise jar on Brick Lane selling “Maygo” with “zero confidence”, referring to the vote of no confidence in Theresa May last week, which we know actually 200 conservative MPs indicating that they did not at this moment wish Rees-Mogg to be their leader. Kraft is now Krapt, a phonetic reference to crap (for the benefit of readers reading in their second language) and Mayonnaise becomes Real Malaise. Note also Joe Blogg’s trademark subverts “Boots The Chemist” which becomes “Bloggs The Alchemist”. Fast, political, amusing and on point, this is just everything we hope for from street art.
Compare and contrast:
Jonesy has done a hand drawn illustration which makes the point that leaving with a deal or without a deal is basically two versions of the same thing, just like shit or crap are the same thing. Using shit and crap as the similes for Brexit probably indicates that actually the better thing would be to not leave.
Finally, spotted yesterday this rather bizarre but gorgeously drippy slogan on Great Eastern Street, “Gloria 22/02 BrexItalia” with the BREX component deleted. It is fairly obvious that the intention is political but an online search does not reveal too much in relation to any political events in Italy scheduled for 22nd February. Tweet or facebook #shoreditchstreetarttours if you can shed any insight on the significance of this message.
Late Addtion: Blunt Rollers, evidently a member of the Secret Society Of Supervillain Artsits also had a particular view of a warlike Theresa May last week, stencilled on paper.
British street artists were a bit slow out of the blocks with comparatively little Brexit related street art appeared during the 2016 referendum campaign but since the result Brexit has been a very visible recurring theme. Street artists were anything but “nebulous and imprecise” last week as they showed via the public art gallery known as street art.
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All photos Dave Stuart except where stated