This is our send up of Sinn Fein. After all they have been sending us up for years as well as trashing our careers in the art world. We have had many promising exhibitions of our work stopped dead even after we had signed on the dotted… from Berlin to Miami. (Here is the link to the Berlin humiliation). They have done this by foul means making sure with the full weight of whatever governmental titles they hold to convince prospective hosts that we The Bogside Artists … brace yourself…. “do not represent the people”. Sinn Fein are the people you see and if you are not painting murals for them then you are not painting for ‘the people’. Got it? The Unionist had centuries of British know-how to call on to help them run a ccorrupt regime. The Shinners by comparison are new to the game… like bulls in the China shop. And they think that political office gives them the power to lie openly to the public and get them to believe whatever they choose to tell them. Nothing new there, from Westminster to the White House that is how it works and if you pay close attention for instance you will observe that no major politician who was associated with Jimmy Savile has so far ended up in the dock. it is most unlikely if any will because the media bow to their paymasters when the shit hits the fan.
It is the media and those who control it who rule and if certain political parties are close friends of the media it is only because they want to extend their influence and to control what is said about them. That is why George Bush Junior as soon as he became president stopped journalists dropping in on press conferences uninvited. What is said and what is printed about what politicians are really up to is now heavily policed by the president and his functionaries. So much for democracy and the simple principle of ‘freedom of speech’ upon which it is founded. Meanwhile Julian Assange lives in fear of his life for informing the public about what the public HAS A DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO KNOW. In any case, the Brits have all the experience and all the cunning. The Shinners have only the cunning, the cunning of a hooker who feels confident she can convince her mother she is working nights as a nurse. That’s how bad this is and how dumb.
The fact that we, The Bogside Artists, DO represent the people, the real people of Derry is the REAL reason for their hostility and bitterness against. In case you , perhaps American, are labouring under the illusion that we were the Shinner’s boys painting our gallery of murals for THEM this is written for you. Harken;
SINN FEIN HAD NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH THE CREATION OF THE PEOPLE’S GALLERY IN DERRY OR ANY MURAL IN IT. IF YOU PAID FOR A TOUR OF THE BOGSIDE THAT WALKED YOU RIGHT PAST THE MURALS THEN…SUE! THEY HAD NO RIGHT TO DO THAT. YOU GO ON A TOUR IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY TO SEE THE PAINTINGS NOT TO BE SHOWN THE CARPET. THEY DID NOT FUND IT THE PEOPLE’S GALLERY AT ANY STAGE, DID NOT FUND US AT ANY STAGE AND HAD NO SAY WHATSOEVER IN WHAT WE DEPICTED. IF YOU WENT ON ONE OF THEIR GUIDED TOURS IN THE MISTAKEN BELIEF THAT THEY DID YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION.