One Nation Under CCTV

According to the BBC, Westminster Council want to remove some Banksy artwork from a wall in the borough:

Westminster City Council has ordered a 23ft-high (7m) mural, entitled One Nation Under CCTV, to be removed from a building on Newman Street.

The artist’s sketches have sold for thousands of pounds at auctions.

But deputy leader of the council Robert Davis said keeping the mural would mean “condoning” graffiti.

The mural has the words “One Nation Under CCTV” stencilled above two painted people.

One appears to be a child in a red hooded top apparently painting the words, while a police officer holding a camera and a brown dog look on.

There’s a bit of a debate about the matter, then the BBC article continues with the revelation that there’s some more Banksy artwork in an underpass in Marble Arch. But the Council aren’t doing anything about this at the moment because the whole area is going to be redeveloped.


But check out this quote from Deputy Leader Davis:

“One option would be to remove it and sell it and invest that money into council services,” Mr Davis said.


No prizes for guessing which colour rosette Mr Davis wears on the stump….

4 responses to this post.

  1. Also please note the vote to have the mural removed was not unanimous. (item 14 in this document) And look which colour rosette the dissenting councillor wears. Don’t know why it took more than a week for people to notice though.

  2. If I were Banksy, I’d watch it being removed and then put up another piece of artwork reliving the removal. Just for kicks. Or sell it and thank Westminster Council for the additional funds in the bank 🙂

  3. could you post a pic to see if the mural is good? 😉

  4. Erm …. follow the link to the BBC article

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