We visited Docklands today to see some of the tall ships. This meant I took my first ride on the tube in 36 years! Docklands is an interesting place because it presents itself as public while in reality is private. For example, Canary Wharf is a privately owned Estate owned by Canary Wharf Group plc. It has its own security force that look like policeman but have none of the powers of a Constable.
This type of arrangement means that the land is not controlled by and for the local community but driven by shareholder interests. Please don’t misunderstand me – I like capitalism with a social conscience – social democratic countries work better than other models such as Fascism and Communism. But I feel uneasy when something presents itself and one thing while in reality is another. I hope my image reflects how I see the area.
I wondered whether the spectacle of the image gets in the way of the discourse – does it?
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Looks skewed and somewhat oppressive. Is that what you intended?
Indeed it was Catherine. The label was also pejorative. 🙂