A case of bad taste at Tate?

January 30 2012

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I was very surprised to see this image on the scaffolding outside Tate Britain this morning. Political anoraks will recognise it immediately as the famous Saatchi & Saatchi Tory poster of 1979, called 'Labour Isn't Working' [below]. The words have been photo-shopped out, as has the entrance to the 'Unemployment Office'. Given that Tate Britain is currently axing many key members of staff at the moment (including, oddly, some of the country's leading scholars), isn't it a little strange that they should decorate the gallery with one of the defining images of unemployment? Not exactly good for staff morale...

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