A CARTOONIST has erected satirical banners on major roads in east Belfast to highlight his annoyance with the Ulster Bank.
Brian Spencer has been having problems paying his rent and mobile phone bill because of problems with his account in the wake of the bank’s group IT meltdown on June 19.
“I made the banners myself,” Brian told the News Letter yesterday. “One says ‘Fat Cat on a hot tin roof’. It is a cartoon of Jim Brown holding a cigar. Another has a cartoon of him saying’ “Computer says no’ adding underneath ‘well you gotta go’.”
“I did two up at the footbridge on the west link at Belvoir, but they have been taken down, and another two on the bridge near the airport at Sydenham. But I think that whoever removed the two at Belvoir was being heavy-handed.
“I am a disgruntled graduate – a victim of a recession and a disgruntled victims of Ulster Bank’s self-inflicted credit crunch. Satire is an essential part of a functioning democracy, to air grievances. The artist Hogarth in the 1700s set the benchmark for political satire in art and it has been crucial ever since.”
Brian is almost 25 and studied law at Queen’s University Belfast. The keen sportsman was working in a law firm in New York and working towards his Bar exams there until he was seriously hurt in a road accident and had to return home. He said: “I have had to put my legal career on hold and I have not been able to get a position in the meantime. So I am spending part of my time doing satirical cartoons which have been published in newspapers and on the internet.
“But I am also open to commissions for birthday caricature banners and that sort of thing.” Brian can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org