Monday, January 15, 2007

State Britain

It is rare that a dreary Monday in January inspires hope. But if you are one who believes that Tony Blair's betrayal of principles; or lack thereof, has contributed to your general malaise, there are 3 reasons to be cheerful today:

1) Tonight's TV, The Trial of Tony Blair, sees Robert Lindsey return as the PM in a satire that examines Tony Blair's life after Downing Street, where he is handed over to a tribunal in the Hague that accuses him of responsibility for atrocities in Iraq. A Big Brother conviction for Guardian readers.

And the best bit about tonight's script? Blair's buddy Bush does not join him in court - they have written him into rehab, suffering from liver failure. They obviously think there was quite a bit of secret drinking during his time in the White House. I'll drink to that! Tonight, More4 10PM; 18 Jan, CH4 10PM

2) Today marks the opening of State Britain at Tate Britain. In a move that will no doubt grate the tabloid press; artist, Mark Wallinger, has re-created Brian Haw's peaceful Parliament Square protest for an indoor exhibition (as pictured here). Until 27 Aug.

3) Blair will seriously go on trial in April. Well, sort of. The Tricycle theatre is set to follow its stagings of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, the Bloody Sunday hearings and the Hutton inquiry with a staged indictment of Tony Blair for a crime of aggression against Iraq. Get your tickets here now. 19 April-19 May.


Anonymous hb said...

Nice one CS!

Tony Blair has a lot to answer for indeed. Good to see that the his high crimes and misdemeanors are being aired. Will tune in!

7:14 pm  
Anonymous Ben said...

Damn More 4!!

Who has that stupid channel?

Bring on Channel 4 this Thursday.

7:27 pm  
Blogger Moaner Lisa said...

Quite. And if (ha ha) he is found guilty, what would a suitable punishment be? Eye pinned open clockwork orange style while a film of Gordon Brown's victory parade plays 24/7 perhaps?

7:29 pm  
Anonymous brian haw said...

Look in the face of
your beloved, your baby, child, mother, father, sister, brother,
spouse, betrothed, your kin, life and heartbeat. Keep their image
in your mind when you go to Tate Britain and see what Mark
Wallinger and all those with big hearts are displaying. This is
for everyone everywhere, for faith, hope, sweet charity. For peace.'

Given the political nature of the work it was decided to keep
the project under wraps until it could be unveiled to the public
today so we were unable to tell you about it before now. We
watch with much interest as to how the impact of this show will unfold.

7:32 pm  
Anonymous honkman said...

I don’t want to get all Orwellian on you but I’m that sort of mood now. What is it about power and religion do you think, that can give people such courage in their convictions that all reason, clarity, and analytical capability fail them?

7:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what exactly is all this telly about then? Charging politicos via the medium for media for things we are too scared to charge for ourselves? Who then becomes the wimp, eh? Us or them?

7:43 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the Tate condones putting this crap up and calling it art?

7:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do the trials have to be fake? And Bush never signed up to the Hague Commission so that is why he couldn't be there with Tony I would challenge. But that doesn't mean he is not drinking either.

8:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet that right now the Home Office are extending the SOCPA exclusion zone just a bit further along Millbank...

8:49 pm  
Anonymous Keith said...

Funny you say that anonymous because I just read somewhere that this artist chap has drawn a line on the floor of Tate Britain which is included in the zone. Clever,just innuit?

9:36 pm  
Anonymous fanta said...

Is that really Brian Haw commenting on here? Sure sounds like him. How fab could that be if true?! CS - any words?

9:48 pm  
Anonymous Claire said...

Slicky you got this up before the BBC.


9:55 pm  
Blogger That's so pants said...

I'll be parked in front of More 4 in little under an hour too. It gives me no pleasure but it is nice to know that there are people keen to catalogue our collective disappointment. I hope it proves a cautionary tale in the future.

10:11 pm  
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11:00 pm  
Anonymous greg said...

Just caught the show CS.

Best part was David Cameron pedalling nowhere on his bike. A metaphor for the next election let us all hope.

12:22 am  
Anonymous bighouselittleman said...

Sorry Greg but I thought that show was rubbish, a complete waster. They went half way which never works with satire. Either take the plunge or don't bother. Blair - it pains me to say - deserves better.

11:28 am  
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Anonymous Kath said...

Interesting article in today's Guardian on this topic.

I do think it is art personally!

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