Election Special!

But what’s so great about artists’ views on an election anyway?

By J.J. Charlesworth

Jonathan Yeo, 'Proportional Representation', (detail), oil on canvas, 2001. Image: © Parliamentary Art Collection WOA 5882-4

As I write this, British voters are getting ready to elect a new government (election day is 8 June). The election was called in April, on short notice, after incumbent prime minister Theresa May claimed she needed a new mandate in order to govern with strength and authority. And with the snap election, another, slightly less important appointment also had to be made in a bit of hurry. Starting with the 2001 election, the UK parliament has commissioned an ‘official…

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