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‘…but why would I want to do a thing like that?’

As well as political cartoonists reworking Old Masters for political comment sometimes iconic images from other media are used. Today (30th Sept 2014) two cartoonists use imagery from the cinema to illustrate the same political conference speech from the Chancellor of the Exchequer at Tory Conference.

The Independent’s Dave Brown uses Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal whilst Steve Bell, at the Guardian, makes reference to Danny Boyle’s/Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting.


Tuesday 30 September 2014. The Independent – Dave Brown


George Osborne, as the Grim Reaper, decides to slash tax on wealthy pensioners (another backdoor reduction in inheritance tax) whilst freezing ‘working-age’ welfare payments to the poorest, withdrawing it all together from 18-21 year-olds and promises further reductions in public sector pay. The irony being that the Reapers scythe is now aimed at the poor and the young rather than the rich and the old (positive Tory voter demographic) blatant and cynical sociopolitical engineering of the worst kind. More austerity for the poor, less austerity for the rich.



Director: Ingmar Bergman,  Writer: Ingmar Bergman (Play), Ingmar Bergman (Screenplay), Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot. Sweden, Black and White, 1957

Tuesday 30 September 2014. The Guardian – Steve Bell

Steve Bell 30.9.2014

 Steve Bell’s contribution is less visually obvious but after hearing Osborne spouting ‘Choose jobs, choose enterprise, choose security, choose prosperity, choose investment, choose fairness, choose freedom, choose David Cameron, choose the Conservatives, choose the future.’ the Trainspotting theme is obvious.

The cartoon depicts Osborne (as Renton – the film’s anti-hero) emerging from a toilet in a drug induced trip depicted in the film. Somebody wasn’t impressed though. The writer of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh, responded on Twitter to the Chancellor’s reference to his words thus:-

‘Would rather have Fred and Rose West quote my characters on childcare than that c*** Osbourne quote them on choice.’

 Again, ironically, if Osborne had read the whole of the quote from the film he would have noticed that he should have ended his speech:-

‘…choose David Cameron, choose the Conservatives, choose the future, but why would I want to do a thing like that?’ Priceless.


Director: Danny Boyle Writers: Irvine Welsh (novel), John Hodge (screenplay) Stars:
Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller. UK, Colour, 1996.

Chris Walker.