“I came to realise, while drawing her over the first year of her government, that she was deranged, but in a very controlled way, and this was expressed in her eyeballs. Her utter self-belief, her total conviction of her own rightness, went way beyond arrogance. She was mad. Perhaps I subconsciously empathised with her for this. Even so, I hated her more than any other living being. Within a couple of years, she had managed to triple unemployment, slash services and lay waste to vast tracts of British industry.
…Tory audiences are well turned-out, shiny and simple-minded, and in all the years I have been studying them, nothing whatever has changed.”
Archive for May, 2011
you can buy a limited edition of this photo here
.. is a street in Salford. Yes I know you thought ‘TV soap opera’ when you read the title; it’s not that Coronation Street I’m on about though. It’s this one. Coronation Street, Salford is in the news today because it’s the subject of a painting by L.S Lowry which is to be sold next week at Christies. Lowry painted the scene in 1957; it’s typical of his classic Salford street scenes with the legendary stalk-like figures, little dogs and looming industrial buildings set amongst terraced houses. According to the blurb on the Christies site, Coronation Street (the soap) was based on a street near Coronation Street (the Salford one, which is about a mile west of the current fictional TV set). Doing a quick Google Streetview of the neighbourhood certainly does evoke a sense of Weatherfield in the style of the Victorian terraces. Unlike its fictional counterpart, though, this neighbourhood has the bleak inner city vibe unrelieved by cosy corner pubs or domestic dramas played out on the cobbles (which have long been replaced by cheaper tarmac). In 1986 The Smiths stood at the corner of Coronation Street for the photo seen above which has now become famous and is included in the National Portrait Gallery collection. The corner in question, I only discovered today, is the site of Salford Lads Club, itself another legendary spot. Morrisey has a long association with the Lads Club and it was featured again in the video for ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’. The Smiths and their bicycling acolytes cycle past the club here and later pose outside. There is also some interesting footage of Coronation Street and the surrounding neighbourhood in all its boarded-up, socially deprived Thatcher-bashed eighties state; no wonder Mozza loved it so much.
Seventy year old Kenneth Clarke QC, MP – our illustrious justice secretary. The ‘face of modern justice’ (see above) apparently believes that some rapes are more serious than others. Understandably, quite a few people are quite upset by this. Now quite a few of those people want him to resign. This old fart has been hanging around for years occupying various high offices of state. Nothing seems to get rid of him. One has to wonder whether this old boy (Nottingham High School, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge) is being kept in place by his network, not because of his finely honed legal skills and empathy for modern sensibilities. Can’t see him lasting much longer if Media-Friendly Dave doesn’t want to alienate vast swathes of the electorate. Will be interesting to see if Kenny manages to hang on and we will draw our own conclusions if he does.
How unfortunate that Ms Windbag, the local politico who liked to get her name in the papers, has been deposed. The ‘out of office’ replies she sent to my emails after promising to help me and failing to do so now seem most apposite. Beware the curse of drD.