Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Graffiti Gaffe

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In total contrast to my previous post, to bemuse, if not entertain you; whilst I scramble together a couple of more photogenic posts, about our canal holiday. Here is some graffiti we came across,

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it is spray painted on the wall of the Damart mill, that flanks the Leeds Liverpool Canal, just below the ‘Bingley five rise’ locks.

Tom and I discussed the question posed: it’s a democracy that people gave their lives for.

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I took this shot on the 21st of October as we cruised eastwards towards Saltaire. When we returned along the same route the following day, some additions had been made

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He/she goes on

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‘What kind of democracy is this? Labour giveth The Tory/Wigg taketh away.’

At the time we  pondered what sort of person might have done this act of vandalism, we daubed it ‘graduate graffiti’ as the words ‘Wigg’ and ‘taketh’ aren’t your usual graffiti phrases (although we should point out that it is Whigg, not Wigg, so he/she, the vandal, is evidently  not an ‘A grade’ student).

At the time we were joking, about the graduate bit, but given the events of this week, its not so funny now.

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

2 thoughts on “Graffiti Gaffe

  1. People have a right to protest and express their opinion, especially against a stronger opponent, in this case the government. However, violence is always to be deplored and, in my opinion, it demeans the protest and detracts from it.

    I am prepared to believe that the violence and criminal damage were the work of extremist “elements” and not of the students as a whole. As one who has been a lecturer at university and polytechnic and has lived through demonstrations and sit-ins, I have sympathy for the NUS but think this is very embarrassing for them.

    In some situations, there might be justification for anonymous graffiti but I think in a society where protest is allowed, it is a cowardly and egotistical procedure. There is no justification spoiling everyone’s environment to express one’s own private obsessions.

  2. There is unfortunately an element that takes advantage of situations like these to pursue their own agenda, which usually involves trashing something — especially if it gives them the opportunity to loot.

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