Monet's Houses of Parliament 1905
Now I'm not much of a revolutionary. During uprisings of any sort I'm usually to be seen walking away. I'm too old for zealotry and overthrowing stuff. What if the incoming dictator bans drinking decent wine or going down the pub?
Perish the thought. I struggle to overthrow my cat from my favourite seat.
However, my previous post on MP's and the House has brought out some closet Che Guevaras.
And with some pretty good ideas, too.
The British Red Rose Revolution has this one:
'We should consider turning the current Houses of Parliament into something completely different, for example an art gallery or historical museum.The silly and pretentious 'security wall' outside it, which represented yet another flagrant waste of taxation, should be covered in peaceful graffiti, in the manner of the Berlin Wall. It could then be subdivided into pieces, and each one could be then sold off on internet auction sites, which might gain us a small amount of revenue to help us deal with the gargantuan tasks ahead.'
What an excellent suggestion. There are plenty of deserted offices around in the great Crisis. Give MP's one each with a sofa bed and video conferencing. No more dodgy charges for 'London accommodation' and no more middle-aged men in tights parading about the House with swords, maces and black rods. No more baying cries of "Hear hear" and "Shame" in a half empty chamber.
Power to the people I say.