Friday 4 October 2019 by Pete Redfern

Please can we have actual chimpanzees running the country, asks nation


banksy painting

After a painting by Banksy showing the House of Commons being run by chimpanzees was sold at auction for just under £9.9m, the British public has asked if this is something that could be implemented as soon as possible.

The 4m wide artwork ‘Devolved Parliament’ was painted by the anonymous Bristol artist in 2009, and depicts the House of Commons full of chimpanzees deciding the direction of the country.

“It’s a great painting, and obviously makes a satirical point about the nature of debate in our parliament”, explained art critic Simon Williams, “and the reason it makes such a point is that it shows the contrast between the measured, contemplative depiction of the chimpanzees, which is of course at odds with the rowdy, aggressive, sneering behaviour that those of us who tune into the BBC Parliament channel are subjected to.”

However, the painting has caused many British citizens to be drawn to the idea of literally having chimpanzees running the country.

Christopher James, a retired bonsai tree surgeon, told us, “Yes, they are famously known for flinging shit at each other all day long and screeching at the top of their lungs at one another, and that is exactly why I think the current members of parliament should lose their jobs to a few hundred chimpanzees.

“We should replace them with the thoughtful, reasoned, wise chimpanzees as depicted in the painting. What’s the worse that could happen?

“Even if we end up with a few of the aggressive shit-flinging ones, they’ll still be better parliamentarians than Mark Francois.”

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