Deadheading the Rose?

Oh please save me from the right wing media’s promotion of a non-story to suit their agenda. They seem to be running shit scared of Ed Miliband and are using anything to undermine his position as leader of the Labour Party. Is it because they are afraid of a Labour Party in power, is it because Miliband stood up for Leveson and against the excesses of the press or is it because he can’t be manipulated so easily as Cameron? Take your pick.

Let me ask you a simple question:-

One leader of an organisation has more than 20 members openly saying to numerous news sources and internal cabals that he should go, other members are leaving and joining another organisation that is opposed to the one they came from, and there is open infighting about the organisation’s membership of a wider alliance.

Or..

A journalist is told by “two unamed sources” that another leader of another organisation is not up to the job.

Which of these seems to carry the most weight?

Anyway Dave Brown doesn’t let me down in his historic reference to a 17th century genre of still-life – Vanitas.

vanitas, (Latin , “vanity”)  A vanitas painting contains collections of objects symbolic of the inevitability of death and the transience and vanity of earthly achievements and pleasures; it exhorts the viewer to consider mortality and to repent. The vanitas evolved from simple pictures of skulls and other symbols of death and transience.’ (The Encyclopedia Britannica)

Saturday 8th November. The Independent – Dave Brown/Philippe de Champaigne

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1280px-StillLifeWithASkullSTILL LIFE WITH SKULL.

Philippe de Champaigne, 1671 – Oil on Panel, 28 cm × 37 cm, Le musée de Tessé, Le Mans, France

A cold slab of stone, central and foreshortened, forms the base for Philippe de Champaigne’s still life. The painting is of the genre Vanitas, an image of earthly life’s worthlessness. There are three traditional representations of transience and doom.  The artist uses a cut tulip – for a brief life, an hourglass –  for time passing and a skull – for the inevitable.

Mr Brown changes the symbolism slightly. The red rose of Labour is dying, the hourglass is almost out of sand and the skull is hesitantly (mis)quoting Mark Twain’s famous rebuttal of newspaper reports. We shall see if the repeated character assasinations of Miliband the Younger by the rightwing mainstream media works in the six months up to the next general election.

Chris Walker.

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