Thursday, February 01, 2007

Mea culpa

Today's breaking news about Tony being questioned by the police for a second time, reminded me of Big Brother. Not the one from 1984, mind you, but the one from Channel 4 - the programme that attracts desperate people so far removed from reality that they actually go on a reality show.

Fool that I am, I used to believe that reality television shows were democratic and fun. No longer. At the moment, the Big Brother franchise is holed below the waterline having exposed the manipulative lengths it will go to avoid the telly scrapheap. Why then don't the participants seem to realise that they are merely cannon fodder; goons to be manipulated by rich television companies, which will use them in the eternal race for cheap programming, fatter profits and a bigger audience share?

And that is why the current Blair witch hunt is not dissimilar to the public lynching of Jade Goody. So if Levy gets done, will somebody please convince Tony to check into rehab? Everybody else is.

With such Labour troubles amidst, it was with blessed timing that yesterday marked the opening of From Major to Minor at The Political Cartoon Gallery. This brilliant exhibition doesn't feature the Milk Snatcher herself, but does chart the downward Tory spiral since she left office. Until 17 March.

The Political Cartoon Gallery
32 Store Street, London, WC1
0207 580 1114

11 Comments:

Anonymous Jen12 said...

Oh, exhibit sounds fun. I love Steve Bell and the Conservative Party has given cartoonists so much fodder for years now!

6:24 pm  
Anonymous honkman said...

I will go just to look at Iain "walk softly but carry a big stick up yur arse" Duncan Smith - a man that must be included in this show.

Let's hope they have the Heir to Blair in a compromising bend over and show em Charlie position as well.

6:29 pm  
Blogger Moaner Lisa said...

Surely in that cartoon the cover up - for once - is making things better. I do not want to see whats going on there. I want to be able to tell myself a shoelace is being done up.

6:35 pm  
Anonymous Naz said...

This is going to be Watergate all over again. Good thing we are so far from an election. This does not smell good though. I am just surprised the Tories found the guts to say something. They have not exactly been clean on this issue.

6:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Major and his warm beer and cricket...ah, how memory serves!

6:41 pm  
Anonymous Frank N Stein said...

Nice one!

Keep blogging...

6:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely going to check this exhibit out! Thanks CS.

6:52 pm  
Anonymous Dave, a script writer said...

Great picture. More than 1,000 words.

6:54 pm  
Anonymous Claire said...

Humour is always welcome when it comes to such virulant and obvious cover ups. I wonder if the cartoon museum did this on purpose?

1:20 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hindu has news of plans by the Indian Institute of Cartoonists to open a cartoon gallery on Mahatma Ghandi Road in Bangalore in fifteen days time, with plans to look for a permanent gallery space at the exotic-sounding and enchantingly-named location of the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor, with the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise Limited (NICE) due to provide space within the proposed 300-acre film city site.



(taken from Mario de Miranda’s gallery at Cartoonists India)

According to the Hinud article NICE’s chariman Ashok Kheny also launched the website Cartoonists India, which will feature the work of a number of Indian illustrators current and past such as Mario Miranda and Rama Murthy, as well as explaining cartoon history in India. Plans are also being proposed for annual cartooning awards, a monthly magazine (in English) and a library, so it is pretty ambitious, with one cartoonist, V.G. Narendra saying it was all part of a plan to make Bangalore the ‘cartoon capital’ of the country.

1:46 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hindu has news of plans by the Indian Institute of Cartoonists to open a cartoon gallery on Mahatma Ghandi Road in Bangalore in fifteen days time, with plans to look for a permanent gallery space at the exotic-sounding and enchantingly-named location of the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor, with the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise Limited (NICE) due to provide space within the proposed 300-acre film city site.



(taken from Mario de Miranda’s gallery at Cartoonists India)

According to the Hinud article NICE’s chariman Ashok Kheny also launched the website Cartoonists India, which will feature the work of a number of Indian illustrators current and past such as Mario Miranda and Rama Murthy, as well as explaining cartoon history in India. Plans are also being proposed for annual cartooning awards, a monthly magazine (in English) and a library, so it is pretty ambitious, with one cartoonist, V.G. Narendra saying it was all part of a plan to make Bangalore the ‘cartoon capital’ of the country.

1:46 am  

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