Ever wanted to get your hands on some Banksy artwork for free? Well, it seems Banksy himself is willing give us all just that. On one condition though. Vote anyone that isn’t conservative.
Voters in the Bristol North West, Bristol West, North Somerset, Thornbury, Kingswood and Filton constituencies will be given a free limited edition print for voting any other party apart from Conservative. The print is a rework of the 2002 mural called “Balloon Girl”, but has a Union Jack on the balloon. It’s worth noting that this is simply a souvenir, not an actual print with monetary value.
Banksy put out the message on his website, saying the following:
“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.”
If you plan on doing this, you should probably think again before just going ahead. Under UK law, it’s illegal to reveal how someone voted. The Electoral Commission states the following on their website:
“The Electoral Commission advises voters not to take photos inside the polling station as they could potentially breach the secrecy of the ballot requirements. Anyone who wants to take a selfie can do this outside the polling station.”
Sounds quite tacky to me, if I’m completely honest. I don’t want the Tories in either, but buying votes in exchange for cheap souvenirs?