Mr Democracy

A written constitution for the UK (made in China)


  • Welcome to Mr Democracy, the story of a British artist who set off to get a written constitution for the UK made.
    Understanding the changing balance of power in the world, and with a nod to Britain’s ‘democratic’ ventures across the world, he chose to get it written in China, and ship it back to the UK.
    Read more under 'about' and in the many blog entries.

Writers

Posted by mrdemocracy on 03,08,2008

Today I met the three people who have drafted the conversation, and we talked about it and the whole project. It was satisfying – we had farily in depth discussions that I’m not sure we would otherwise have had. Since recording the voices of the writers, they decided they would prefer it if I didn’t use their real names. Actually one of them was much more cautious than the other two, who I think wouldn’t have minded. It does seem a shame to do this, it actually reinforces the idea that there isn’t political freedom in China. Now, this is of course the case, but it is changing, and most of the Chinese I met are keen to change China’s image. To add to the cultural gap, some of the people I met also had an out of date understanding of our impression of China, I explained that the main impression repeatedly given by the western media is breakneck development and a lack of human rights. I described our impression (dare I say ‘our’?) of China as it being like a train, a little rickety, travelling at great speed, not all the track layed out in front of it. They found this a nice image, and not unaccurate.

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