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Political Cliches Day Five

By peter-richardson, Oct 21 2014 05:44PM

For the fifth in this series of daily speed paintings, I fixed on the dread term 'stakeholder'. Politicians want everybody to be a 'stakeholder' as it means that people are invested with society (not such a bad idea), and as a consequence will be more receptive to their blandishments.

The touchstone for this idea was that memorable moment in Hammer Films legendary 1958 production of 'Dracula' when the Count, played by Christopher Lee, is awaked from his slumbers by the staking of his vampiric hand maiden by Jonathan Harker. Harker has left the staking a little late and by the time he has recovered from the stresses of banging a stake into Valerie Gaunt's ample bosom, the sun is going down and time is no longer on his side, a state of affairs accentuated by Dracula's leer as the sun rays on the wall of his crypt fade and darkness descends.

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