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ART & POLITICS
By peter hugo mcclure   
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Last edited: Monday, May 09, 2011
Posted: Monday, May 09, 2011

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THE BRITISH ART OF POLITICS AND THE POLITICS OF ART...RECENT EVENTS

  • General election 2010 live blog - Monday 3 May

    peterhugomcclure's comment 3 May 2010 12:28PM

    There are No Angels in Politcs (as in the community at large)...Clegg is not perfect and makes mistakes/misjudgements but is willing: to learn from them as he recognises the need to compromise as opposed to confront...to listen as opposed to dictate: as both Thatcher and Blair did as a result of the anomoly that with just 40% of the vote (with 22% of the electorate) they both enjoyed a huge majority of seats in the House of Commons...neither had to compromise AND THEY DID NOT...what intelligent person can defend such a system?
    Let us not forget the selling of Peerages & Cabinet Seats,Lobyists Payments,Non-Dom Patronage,Non-Dom Members of the House of Lords, Expenses of members of Both Houses ad nauseum...there is a need to totally overhaul the entire electoral system if we are to be a viable country...for with a True Democracy there is much less of an "us and them syndrome"...in Germany workers are represented on Company Boards...there is non of the secret conspiracies to "Hit the Workers"...they get together for the best interest of "Their Company"...how is that Nissan has such a compliant work-force in Britain when British management continuously fails to reach "A Compromise"...let us never forget the failure of the Four Directors of Doom of Rover...BMW were very generous when they gave back Rover to the British with half a billion pounds "In The Bank" ...surely The Workers of the company could not of done a worse job of management...
    The trouble with the British Ruling Class including members of the Labour Party is that they "do not engage with The Workers" let alone employ them in running the country...we need people with Common Sense & The Human Touch not all these academics who are totally "out-of-touch" (including you Mr. Brown)...
    We are facing a great challenge...we can turn things around but we need to Reform on a massive scale that can only happen with a hung parliament and the compromises that will become essential in order to have a viable/sustainable Government... only then can we put the Great back into Britain...ciao for now pete mcclure.

    • Election debate: David Cameron wins third leg

      peterhugomcclure's comment 30 April 2010 10:33AM

      The race is on!
      Why does the media keep referring to the Liberal Democrats as the Lib or Liberal party in the continuous debates regarding possible Lab-Lib or Con-Lib pacts... if for the purpose of brevity it should more legitimately be called the Democratic party as it was an amalgam of 2 parties & at the time the Social Democrats was the largest and it is that part of the Lib-Dems that was truly new & ground breaking ( a lot of its policies was adopted by the "New Labour") ...so The Media out-there show some respect & give credit where it's due...the Labour, Tory & Whigg parties are the Old Parties...the Liberal Democratic Party by definition is a new party (as are many more)...the times are a changing and there are many different opinions and with a multi party sytem they can all be heard...we should get away from the dogmatism of old party politics & be brave to face a future of real change and not just "a bit of spare change" espoused by the Con-party...with true "Democracy"...with proportional representation we can move forward with the true "Will of The People" without regrets and without looking back...so all those that mock PR just look (with eyes open) to countries where it works brilliantly...
      This election gives the opportunity to get rid of all the terrible anomolies in a system that has reached "Buy-Sell-Date"...best regards pete mcclure.

    • Leaders' debate: Nick Clegg seizes his moment in the TV spotlight

      peterhugomcclure's comment 19 April 2010 12:36PM

      This country's electoral sytem is about to go through the greatest change since Oliver Cromwell (and about time)...

      I'm dreaming of a...

      I'm dreaming of a Hung Parliament
      Not like the ones we used to know;
      May the M.P.'s listen
      And The People glisten
      In this Almighty show.

      I'm dreaming of a Hung Parliament
      So past wrongs may be put right;
      And People be freed...from their plight
      To a future...that's ever-bright.

      I'm dreaming of a Hung Paliament
      May Politicians be contrite:
      And stop this never ending Fight...
      Let Truth and dignity...Alight.

      Politicians...Do you hear?

      Do you hear what I hear?
      The People are accalling
      Ignored...they'll start abbrawling.

      Listen to what they say
      Without further delay:
      They're holders of the Key
      And decide who shall...Be.

      Be honest and don't desguise
      Your promises with lies:
      For in Their hearts They know
      When it's all...just for show.

      Do you hear what I hear?
      The People are accalling
      Ignored...they'll start abbrawling.

      These are very difficult times and with all the rhetoric it can all be rather confusing...so why not let your instincts be your guide...close your eyes and you will see nothing (which is usually black)...keep your eyes closed and you will soon perceive a colour...if that colour is green then vote for the Green Party...if that colour is orange then vote for the Liberal Democratic Party...if that colour is blue then vote Conservative...if that colour is red then vote Labour...if that colour is yellow then vote for the Multi Faith Party (M.F.P.) that believe in The One Supreme Being that designed the Universe...if you perceive any other colour then use your imagination and if all you perceive is black continuously then go and see a Shrink. So that's voting by colours...it makes voting so easy!

      Ciao for now...pete mcclure.

    • George Seurat's Bathers at Asnières: loosen up and look again

      peterhugomcclure's comment 15 April 2010 1:14PM

      Any art that is repeated/reproduced often enough can be Iconic for a while but there is also the danger that eventually it becomes Kitsch...if McDonalds used reproductions of Kandinsky's work on the back of its plastic chairs in all its branches around the world...would the art work retain its charm?...I thing not!
      It would become Iconic Kitsch...it would also loose a lot of its charm if it was used to decorate ash-trays...the lesson to any aspiring artist is: do not bow down to commercial pressure...do art for the sake of ART.
      Trechikov's "Green Oriental Woman" decorated nearly every home in Britain (in poster form) & made him famous but did it make him a great artist?...He decided early in his career that he would make a million pounds from one painting & he achieved this...consequently the Art Establishment does not regard him as being a Real Artist...had he not decided to get rich quick and just produce The Work this same painting could quite easilly have become Iconic like some of Gaugan's work & possibly as Iconic as "The Mona Lisa"...Trechikov is still alive and living in South Africa and had an exhibition in London last year and i am sure lots of people made loads money from it!
      It is very sad that the Art Establishment fails to recognize REAL ART & just focuses the "blue chips" of the art market i.e. the Hirsts, Emins, Ofilis, Chapman Brothers to name a few...So once you win the Turner Prize you get a license to do anything and call it art...At least Marcel Duchamp gave up art after sueing a Gallery for loosing his urinal entitled "Fountain by Knupp"...he took up chess and became a Grand Master...he prooved a point & retired!
      Best regards pete mcclure.

    • Liberal Democrats lead on liberty

      peterhugomcclure's comment 14 April 2010 1:35PM

      Further to comments on Art & Democracy...
      This Election is a Golden opportunity to bring about the Reforms that most people are pining for i.e. Electoral Reform and P.R.
      New Zealand adopted a P.R. system nearly 10 yrs ago modelled on the German system (that we & our allies gave to them at the end of WW2)...it is a rational system that has acted as model for most EU States and newly emerging democracies...N.Z. now has 8 Green MP's in a 110 seat Parliament...i am going to suggest that if all small parties that currently are unrepresented in the House of commons voted tactically for the LIbDems on the understanding that they will insist that PR be introduced if either of the "Big Parties" want to Govern with the help of the LibDem's...so that in future elections: 5% of the vote would garantee 5% seats in Paliament...this would give the Green Party alone well over 30 seats & would herald a new era of compromise as opposed to confrontation...we could then move forward in the 21st Century where the majority of the People were for the first time truly engaged in the workings of the nation...another bonus would be the exposure of truly great Art-Work from the People (emphasis on Work) as opposed to the elitest "Crappola" that currently dominates the Art Scene...God Willing.
      Best regards pete mcclure.

      PS: Please send a journalist to New Zealand and ask the average Kiwi if they are happy with their newly adopted electoral system...it would be gripping/informative and could even get an Oscar if it was filmed...even Uncle Sam might think of electoral reform in his own back yard instead of waging war at every opportunity for "The Sake of Democracy"...

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