Today marks the launch of campaigning for the 2015 General Election. 121 days to go! 121 days of photo opportunities, baby kissing, gaffes, apologies, hirings, firings, outlandish commitments, fragile promises and – we hope – some very fine satire and sarcasm from the nations writers and cartoonists to pull the rug out from under the whole thing. As campaigning starts, we wondered: what makes a person decide to go into politics?
Someone asked Benjamin Disraeil (who he?) why people became Member of Parliament?
“We come here for fame,” he replied.
Now I’m not sure if that still holds true. There are easier ways to become (in)famous these days. Irritatingly catchy, Youtube-sensation pop songs. Daytime television. Inappropriate fancy dress. The possibilities are endless….
So it must be something else that draws people into politics and into Parliament. This is the theme for MoneyBucketHead, Rob Williams and PJ Holden‘s story of Tim, a young man of principle who follows his dreams… MoneyBucketHead features in CROSS, an anthology of political satire which aims to make people sit up and think – then get up and vote – in this year’s election. Featuring work by some of the UK’s finest writers and artists, including Mary Talbot, David Baillie, Howard Hardiman and BRICK, CROSS takes aim at all sides of the political divide in 64 pages of anger, humour and the occasional robot.
Back to why people want to become MPs: here’s a great article from Prospect Magazine, a thought provoking defence from a Labour MP, and in the interests of balance, a feature about becoming a Tory MP.
If becoming an MP is a bit much, then why not start by reading our comic 🙂 You can order your copy of CROSS at http://www.comicsy.co.uk/disconnectedpress/ for just £10 plus P&P.
Thanks for reading!