Banksy Offers Free Art to Anti-Tory Voters

By Gary Cutlack on at

Street artist slash hotel decorator Banksy has had another idea! He's offering a free print of one of his artworks to voters around his home in the westcountry, in return for them demonstrably voting for anyone other than the local Conservative candidate.

His web site is currently promoting the opportunity, explaining: "An exclusive new Banksy print will be released on the 9th June. This limited edition artwork on archival quality paper is completely free, but is only available to registered voters in the Bristol North West, Bristol West, North Somerset, Thornbury, Kingswood and Filton constituencies. Simply send in a photo of your ballot paper from polling day showing you voted against the Conservative candidate and this complimentary gift will be mailed to you."

He's obviously had a bit of legal advice about whether this is OK to do or not within the boundaries patrolled by the Electoral Commission, as a legal disclaimer below the offer explains that it's to be considered a gift for "amusement purposes" and is not a serious attempt to disrupt the democratic process, even though it could conceivably sway a dozen or so middle class Bristolians. [Banksy via BBC]

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