Banned Wagon

By Clark, Ross | The Spectator, July 8, 2000 | Go to article overview

Banned Wagon


Clark, Ross, The Spectator


THE graffiti at Pompeii are regarded as an international treasure, giving us an insight into the imagination of the real people who lay behind the pomp of Ancient Rome. Not so the scrawlings on the walls of Sutton in Surrey. The local Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake is so incensed that his constituency is being defaced that he has demanded that the government act.

More policemen patrolling the subways at night, perhaps? Better attempts to trace the artists responsible, many of whom, after all, are so proud of their work that they helpfully add their signatures? No. In common with so many of our legislators, it is not the sinners whom Mr Brake has within his sights but the means with which they sin. He wants paint manufacturers and suppliers stopped from selling their products to anybody they may suspect of being a graffiti artist. He also wants a magazine called Graphotism, which carries photos of the latest works, to be banned. …

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