During lockdown, I started a new Instagram account called andothermakings where I’ve posted some of my visual poems, experiments with collage and assemblage, and various dabblings with word and image.
Last week, I was provoked to add new pieces to the account, mainly because I didn’t know how else to express my exasperation with the incompetence, duplicity and shamelessness of the current UK government who have voted to change the “oven-ready deal” they agreed with the European Union only months before. The deal was drawn up into a Bill which was voted for and passed in Parliament and ratified by international law, which calls into question the integrity of the 340 MPs who have now voted to change it.
Added to this duplicity, the Tory administration’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic has caused even some of their usual cheerleaders to question their competence. Most recently, a new law about public gatherings has been made which restricts the number of people allowed to gather in one place to six. This includes children of all ages who go to school or nursery together and so are gathered into classrooms of more than six people. However, they are not allowed to play together in the park after school.
And Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, said that two families of four chatting on the street would now be breaking the law under the new rules.
However, after a ministerial intervention, an exception to the rule of six has been made for grouse shooting and hunting parties.
This isn’t the first time that I have felt the government has lost its grip on their messaging, communication and handling of the pandemic. Weeks after their campaign to encourage people to eat in restaurants and pubs – “Eat Out to Help Out” – they are now blaming young people for the rise in new numbers of Covid-19 cases.
I’m still developing and experimenting with my collage work. I use natural materials when possible as a means of connection with the natural world and as a memo to myself about its vulnerability. Everything is connected. Thanks for reading, as always.