Remembrance Day – Lest we Forget Parliament’s war guilt.
by Michael St.Mark, 11th November 2011
Mixed media digital collage
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Alongside naturally remembering the fallen from the two wars of 1914-18 and 1939-44, the artist asks that we remember the responsibility that Parliament should have in ensuring war is an absolute last resort as opposed to what’s actually transpired during the past 10 years – MPs tamely waving through highly questionable legislation, each in order to protect their own long-term political careers at the cost of hundreds of thousands of innocent deaths in foreign lands.
( RIP Robin Cook MP, one of the few with principles.)
* This London Dada moral protest artwork is dedicated to the 564 British soldiers killed and nearly 10,000 injured to date in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, that were jointly instigated by the GW Bush-appeasing Tony Blair, based on transparently dodgy evidence of WMD / terrorist threat.
The two subsequent phony and illegal wars approved in Parliament by typically spineless MPs from both main parties, 2002/3.
( Michael St.Mark proposes new accountability legislation that decrees any future Prime Minister taking this country to war must personally serve alongside front line troops for a minimum of six weeks after commencement of hostilities )
This picture says it all. Well done.
Thank you Christine.. from a germ of an idea it came together with uncanny ease and composition, as if some unseen power willed it to be.
Brilliant! A fitting tribute, you’ve absolutely said it all with your usual flair and talent.
I definately agree with your statement about any future Prime minister serving in the front line, that would show what they were made of—-although maybe not, as they wouldn’t be as quick to send our troops to troubled spots if they themselves could be at risk too.
Yes of course, they would try to wrangle it so as it’s only a token tour of duty, Princes Harry & William style. No risk – in the canteen bunker most the time, with one or two photo shoots in the sand just outside the safe house base.
btw is it just an over-fertile mind, or is TB’s head appearing impaled on the spires of Parliament?