A recent social media manifestation rather tickles me though. This image is being gleefully shared on Facebook:
|Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP circa 1983... UKIP wanted it banned, so here it is!|
I have pointed out to those of my friends who shared it that it is in fact nicely done Photoshop work - Farage's face has been applied to this image:
(However, if Farage had actually ever been a punk, I doubt that he'd have had a 50 year old face at the time...)
Anyway, I'm quite intrigued about who did the tidy Photoshop job and why. Given that punk was a uniquely British phenomenon characterised by a two-fingers-protest against the existing regime, wrapped in tartan and the Union Jack, what could this "fake" rebel image do for Farage? Certainly no harm at all!
So is it a clever viral campaign by UKIP or a memorable own goal by Conservative Central Office? Or just a random person messing about.
Answers on a ballot card!
Even Johnny Rotten is a mainstream Brit icon now: