Queasy Rider

Yet another iconic image from the cinema to illustrate one of today’s political stories. This time from the 1969 landmark counterculture film Easy Rider.

The Telegraph’s Christian Adams uses this iconic image from the film to highlight David Cameron’s panic and his lurch to the right in the face of UKIP’s perceived popularity .

Tuesday 21 October 2014. The Telegraph – Christian Adams/Dennis Hopper


Although there is very little narrative connection between the film and the political story, nonetheless it does adequately illustrate Cameron’s panicky pandering to the back-seat drivers for a more right-wing approach to immigration, and generally, all things Europe. In this case the back-seat driver is depicted as the leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage.

After the defections from the Tories to UKIP, and the loss of a safe seat to one of those defectors, Cameron is scrabbling around looking to appease his party and his supporters before the next bye-election – and indeed before the General Election next May.

I do think that Adams has missed a trick in reworking the image. Just look at that tartan rug behind Nicholson (Farage) and Fonda (Cameron) in the image from the film. With the vote for Scottish Independence behind him Cameron now has another monkey on his back. Adams could have worked the Scottish allusion that into the cartoon. Still.



Director: Dennis Hopper,  Writers: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern, Stars: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson. USA, Colour, 1969

Chris Walker.


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