The Conservative manifesto was launched on yesterday as “An invitation to join the Government of Great Britain”.
Tories used Battersea Power Station for the manifesto launch – surely an interesting metaphor: on the outside all-powerful and imposing, yet there’s nothing behind it, it’s been derelict for years.
The Power Station ceased generating electricity in 1983 and since closure the Grade II* listed building has remained largely unused, with numerous failed redevelopment plans from successive site owners.
For many of my generation, Battersea Power Station is iconic as the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 LP, Animals.
And for anyone who knows anything about that concept album will know that it is loosely based on George Orwell’s political fable Animal Farm. The novella focuses on communism; the underlying concept of the album is a critique of the worst aspects of capitalism. However, both advocate a democratic socialist ideal.
Is there something about symbolism that David Cameron isn’t telling us? Perhaps the old Big White Elephant is the new Big Society?
None of which appears to match up with David Cameron’s vision of the future – what is the Big Society?
Maybe Orwell could provide a vision?
“Throughout the spring and summer they worked a sixty-hour week, and in August Napoleon announced that there would be work on Sunday afternoons as well. This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half. “