by jimmy turrell on Monday, 22 September 2014

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I was asked a few weeks ago to illustrate an article for The Guardian on Margaret Thatcher’s privatisation policies in the late 70s and 80s. As someone who’s grew up in Newcastle Upon Tyne and who’s dad worked in Swan Hunters shipyards as a teenager and then went on to become a fireman and staunch union member this particular article connected in more ways than one.

The article basically describes how Thatcher sold off public monopolies, using the proceeds to cut taxes, and then put the privatized firms on a strict profit-making basis. 

I basically wanted to portray Thatcher as the “grand auctioneer” - at her reach are the public companies (its actually quite nostalgic to see a lot of these logos now) dropped into price tags ready for the big sale.

Click here to read the article.