Category: politics

13 Sep


jazamin sinclair / drawing, illustration, painting, politics, Uncategorised / / 0 Comments

Below is a list of quotes from Boris Johnson that are in an illustration I have made called ‘VERBATIM’.

I made this artwork to highlight what a dangerous person Boris Johnson is. Homophobic, racist, islamophobic, sexist, inflammatory rhetoric is causing hate crimes to rise.

This drawing is part of my Illustrated Prosody series of political drawings. The full list of quotes below includes dates of when the words were said or printed, and links to the sources where the quotes were found.

Since making this drawing, as I find more quotes, I am adding them to this list.

'VERBATIM' Boris Johnson quotes

2019 [6th September]

“They just passed a law that would force me to beg Brussels for an extension to the Brexit deadline. This is something I will never do.” ~ Boris Johnson. BBC News / Telegraph

2019 [6th September]

“I’ll go to Brussels, I’ll get a deal and we’ll make sure we come out on October 31st.” ~ Boris Johnson. BBC

2019 [5th September]

“I’d rather be dead in a ditch [than ask for another delay to Brexit].” ~ Boris Johnson. BBC Politics on Twitter / Metro / New Statesman

2019 [5th September]

“Corbyn and his friends in Parliament don’t trust you to make this decision – but I do.” ~ Boris Johnson. Boris Johnson on Twitter

2019 [4th September]

“Call an election, you great big girl’s blouse.” ~ Boris Johnson. BBC Politics / Independent

2019 [4th September]

“In my view, and in the view of this government, there must now be an election on Tuesday 15 October.” ~ Boris Johnson. Politics Home

2019 [2nd September]

“We will of course uphold the constitution and obey the law.” ~ Boris Johnson. BBC Politics

2019 [2nd September]

“We are leaving on 31 October – no ifs or buts.” ~ Boris Johnson. Sky News / BBC News

2019 [2nd September]

“I don’t want an election, you don’t want an election.” ~ Boris Johnson. Sky News / BBC News

2019 [28th August]

“This morning I spoke to Her Majesty The Queen to request an end to the current parliamentary session in the second sitting week in September, before commencing the second session of this parliament with a Queen’s speech on Monday, 14 October.” ~ Boris Johnson. BBC News / Independent

2019 [28th August]

“Whilst there was a good chance that a deal could be secured, there was also a high chance that it could not.” ~ Boris Johnson. BBC News [Cabinet meeting minutes]

2019 [28th August]

“[There are] no plans for a general election … This would not be right for the British people.” ~ Boris Johnson. Politics Home / Times / Scotsman

2019 [25th August]

“The claim that the government is considering proroguing parliament in September in order to stop MPs debating Brexit is entirely false.”~ No. 10 SpokespersonIndependent

2019 [25th August]

“I think it’s going to be touch and go but the important thing is to get ready to come out without a deal.” ~ Boris Johnson. Metro / BBC News

2019 [16th August]

“The whole September session is a rigmarole introduced by girly swot Cameron to show the public that MPs were earning their crust. So I don’t see anything especially shocking about this prorogation.” ~ Boris Johnson. Guardian / Sam Coates [Sky News] on Twitter / Sky News politics / Independent / BBC News

2019 [15th August]

“[Are you content for your PPS to approach the Palace with a request for prorogation to begin within the period Monday 9th September to Thursday 12th September, and for a Queen’s speech on Monday 14th October.] YES.” ~ Boris Johnson. BBC News

2019 [10th July]

“I would also like to make absolutely clear that I am not attracted to arcane procedures such as the prorogation of parliament.” ~ Boris Johnson. Independent / One Nation Conservatives on Twitter

2019 [26th June]

“[The chances of a no-deal Brexit are] a million-to-one against.” ~ Boris Johnson. Guardian / Bloomberg

2018 [5th August]

“…it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.” ~ Boris Johnson. Telegraph / Joe

2018 [8th May]

“[A trade deal with America could not be achieved if the UK remained] locked in the lunar pull of Brussels, the tractor beam of Brussels.” ~ Boris Johnson. Guardian / Daily Mail

2017 [3rd October]

“I look at Libya, it’s an incredible country… The only thing they have got to do is clear the dead bodies away.” ~ Boris Johnson. BBC News / Independent

2017 [17th September]

“You [Sir David Norgrove] say that I claim that there would be £350 million that ‘might be available for extra public spending’ when we leave the EU. This is a complete misrepresentation of what I said … a wilful distortion.”~ Boris Johnson. Worcester News

2017 [15th September]

“…once we have settled our accounts, we will take back control of roughly £350 million per week. It would be a fine thing … if a lot of that money went on the NHS.” ~ Boris Johnson. Telegraph

2016 [19 July]

“We can all spend an awfully long time going over lots of stuff that I’ve written over the last 30 years … I’m afraid that there is such a rich thesaurus now of things that I have said that have been … somehow misconstrued that it would take me too long to engage in a full global itinerary of apology to all concerned.” ~ Boris Johnson. BBC Politics / Independent

2016 [24th June]

“We cannot turn our backs on Europe. We are part of Europe.” ~ Boris Johnson. Telegraph

2016 [10th June]

“Take back control of huge sums of money, 350 million pounds a week, and spend it on our priorities such as the NHS.” ~ Boris Johnson. ITV referendum debate

2016 [8th March]

“What’s the point of being a Conservative if you can’t turn the clock back to 1904.” ~ Boris Johnson. Guardian

2016 [21st February]

“I will be advocating vote leave.” ~ Boris Johnson. Evening Standard

2016 [19th February]

“Britain is a great nation … It is surely a boon for the world and for Europe that she should be intimately engaged in the EU. This is a market on our doorstep, ready for further exploitation by British firms: the membership fee seems rather small for all that access …There are some big questions that the “out” side need to answer. Almost everyone expects there to be some sort of economic shock as a result of a Brexit. How big would it be? … There is the worry about Scotland, and the possibility that an English-only “leave” vote could lead to the break-up of the union … There is the Putin factor: we don’t want to do anything to encourage more shirtless swaggering from the Russian leader, not in the Middle East, not anywhere.” ~ Boris Johnson. Evening Standard / Guardian / Sky News

2013 [August]

“We don’t do things that way, that’s a very left-wing thing … only a socialist could regard familial ties as being so trivial as to shaft his own brother.” ~ Boris Johnson. Independent / Telegraph

2012 [30th July]

“As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball … They are glistening like wet otters.” ~ Boris Johnson. Telegraph

2012 [March]

“It is easy to make promises. It is hard work to keep them.” ~ Boris Johnson. Guardian


“She’s [Hilary Clinton] got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital.” ~ Boris Johnson. Telegraph / Guardian


“The awful truth is that people do take me seriously … you must consider the possibility that underneath it all there really may lurk a genuine buffoon.” ~ Boris Johnson. Guardian / ‘Misadventures of a Big Mouth Brit’ – Piers Morgan’s book


“…in families on lower incomes the women have absolutely no choice but to work, often with adverse consequences for family life and society as a whole — in that unloved and undisciplined children are more likely to become hoodies, NEETS, and mug you on the street corner.” ~ Boris Johnson. Spectator


“Not only did I want Bush to win, but we threw the entire weight of The Spectator behind him.” ~ Boris Johnson. Wikiquotes [‘Have I got views for you’  – Boris Johnson’s book]


“For 10 years, we in the Tory party have become used to Papua New Guineastyle orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing.” ~ Boris Johnson. Telegraph / Telegraph / gal-dem


“Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3” ~ Boris Johnson. Independent


“It’s an attested fact that under Conservative governments the quality of living of the British people has immeasurably improved … leading inexorably to superior mammary glands.” ~ Boris Johnson. Guardian

2005 [17th December]

“Just pat her on the bottom and send her on her way.” ~ Boris Johnson. Spectator

2005 [5th October]

“I’m backing David Cameron’s campaign out of pure, cynical self-interest.” ~ Boris Johnson. Telegraph / Independent

2005 [16th July]

“We — non-Muslims — cannot solve the problem; we cannot brainwash them out of their fundamentalist beliefs … That means disposing of the first taboo, and accepting that the problem is Islam. Islam is the problem. To any non-Muslim reader of the Koran, Islamophobia — fear of Islam — seems a natural reaction … What is going on in these mosques and madrasas? When is someone going to get 18th century on Islam’s medieval ass?” ~ Boris Johnson. Spectator

2005 [11th April]

“I’m having Sunday lunch with my family. I’m vigorously campaigning, inculcating my children in the benefits of a Tory government.” ~ Boris Johnson. Guardian


“I can hardly condemn UKIP as a bunch of boss-eyed, foam-flecked Euro hysterics, when I have been sometimes not far short of boss-eyed, foam-flecked hysteria myself.” ~ Boris Johnson. Independent / Guardian / Telegraph

2002 [2nd February]

“YOU would need a heart of stone not to have been moved by the little Aids-ridden choristers …The problem is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge any more. Consider Uganda, pearl of Africa, as an example of the British record. Are we guilty of slavery? Pshaw … The best fate for Africa would be if the old colonial powers, or their citizens, scrambled once again in her direction; on the understanding that this time they will not be asked to feel guilty.” ~ Boris Johnson. Spectator

2002 [10th January]

“It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies … the tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles.” ~ Boris Johnson. Telegraph


“If gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men, or indeed three men and a dog.” ~ Boris Johnson. Discrier [Book ‘Friends, Voters, Countrymen’]

2000 [August 3rd]

“It is more sensitive to spare parents’ anxieties, than to allow Left-wing local authorities to waste taxpayers’ money on idiotic and irrelevant homosexual instruction.” ~ Boris Johnson. Telegraph

2000 [16th July]

“[I am] a wise guy playing the fool to win.” ~ Boris Johnson. Wikiquotes / Prospect [Sunday Times, July 2000, p17]

2000 [6th July]

“Stand up and fight like a man, you euro pansy!”~ Boris Johnson. Telegraph

2000 [15th April]

“…Labour’s appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it.” ~ Boris Johnson. Spectator


“WEEP, O ye shirt-makers of Jermyn Street … In the Ministry of Sound the tank-topped bumboys blub into their Pilis. In the soft-lit Soho drinking clubs frequented by Mandy [Peter Mandelson] and his pals, his deed will be likened to Captain Oates…” ~ Boris Johnson. Telegraph [via Business Insider] / Huffpost


“We live in an age where feminism is a fact, where giving vent to emotion in public wins votes.” ~ Boris Johnson. PS News / Business Insider


[The offspring of single mothers are] ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate children.” ~ Boris Johnson. Independent

04 Jan

Last chance – 20% off Illustrated Prosody!

jazamin sinclair / drawing, fun, illustration, painting, politics, writing / / 0 Comments

This is your last chance to make the most of my winter sale before it ends on 6th Jan 2018!!!

I am offering 20% off all marked prices on ORIGINALS / 10% off prints & cards [scroll down to see price list].

Browse artwork here:
Semi-autobiographical / Political / Everyday life
Impropriety 2017 / Impropriety 2013


Print & card price list:

Signed limited edition prints [print runs of 15]:
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29 Jun

Words: Political Illustrations

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A series of political illustrations by Jazamin Sinclair.


06 Jun

New illustrations

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Some new illustrations…

All are available to purchase for £35.00 unframed (framed prices vary). Limited edition prints (1/15) are also available for £25.00 (A4) or £30 (A3). Please email me at: or call 07811059702 for more info.

11 Apr


jazamin sinclair / liverpool, london, politics / / 2 Comments

There are quite a few people saying we should not speak ill of the dead. But as someone pointed out yesterday, yes someone has died, but Margaret Thatcher did also destroy so many people’s lives with her actions.

Read this article on mis-applied death etiquette from the Guardian which says amongst other things: ‘…The key point is this: those who admire the deceased public figure (and their politics) aren’t silent at all. They are aggressively exploiting the emotions generated by the person’s death to create hagiography’.

And to those other people who are saying ‘let it go’, ‘let’s not discuss it any more’, ‘she hasn’t been in power for years’, ‘let’s not bemoan the past’, I say this: I think that actually there needs to be a certain amount of bemoaning of the past in order to advocate peaceful change for the future, doesn’t there? People either easily forget or do not even know in the first place the things that have happened otherwise. And – of course people are angry!

My perspective of Thatcherism and the eighties is as follows: I was born in 1980. We lived in North Wales until I was about two when my parents got divorced, then my mum and I moved to Sandbach and then Alsager while my mum (who was by now a single parent with me in tow) got herself through art college and achieved a BA Hons art degree while we lived in a student house on a farm and my mum did cleaning jobs, bar jobs and other jobs in her spare time (she even drove a mobile library for a while). In about 1985 we moved to London from Alsager. When we got to London, we were homeless. We stayed with my mum’s boyfriend in Hammersmith for a while, then we squatted for a while in my aunty’s old flat in Balham until we were thrown out one evening. The police literally came round and escorted us out of the building, in the process chucking half of our stuff away. Ironically, that flat was then empty for the next two years or so – I used to play out in the front porch there quite a lot – so yeh – was it really necessary to throw us out like that? The whole street saw it and everyone at school was talking about it the next day. Great.

So my mum, her boyfriend and I then stayed in my aunty and her girlfriend’s two-bedroom flat also in Balham (where they were trying to also run/set-up a small graphic design business from the living room). After this we moved into a room in my mum’s mates Charlie & Keith’s place in Tooting and then the council gave us a room in B&B in Victoria. I remember my mum decorating the room with twisted paper sculptures to make it more homely. Then finally after being on a waiting list for ages we were given a flat in Stockwell Park Estate, Brixton. The flat was grim/filthy when we moved in but we cleaned it up, painted it and made it nice. We got furniture from out on the street on our estate – stuff that other people had thrown away, cleaned it up and created a home. We were there for about three years and I spent half my time living with my aunties in their flat in Balham and half my time living with my mum in the flat in Brixton. My mum was working nights as a support worker by then and also trying to establish herself as an artist and couldn’t take me with her to work, etc. etc.

And with regards to finding somewhere to live or earning a living – it wasn’t for lack of trying either – believe you me – I am not one of those people who thinks the world owes them a favour and neither is my mum. Before we got the flat in Brixton, she was desperately trying to find work, but as it went without an address you could not get a job and without a job they wouldn’t give you somewhere to live. What the hell is someone supposed to do with that? How on earth can anyone help themselves that situation? Thatcher and her Tory government didn’t care about that. I don’t think that woman even really had a conscience.

[Don’t get me wrong – I loved it in London, loved school and learning, had loads of mates and we used to tear round the streets playing forty forty after school every day and all through the summer holidays and I got to help make costumes for Carnival etc. etc. London is a fantastic place to live but this isn’t about that.]

As a seven year old, watching everyone around me’s reaction and utter disappointment when Thatcher was re-elected for her third term in 1987, I find it really difficult to have many feelings of remorse for the fact that she is dead. That may sound cold-hearted but it’s true.

My nan said to me today that I shouldn’t be celebrating the death of anyone regardless of who they are and so while my initial reaction upon finding out she was dead the other day was to cheer and shout Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, Out, Out, Out (reminiscent of the 80’s protests I went on), I can also see things a little bit from my nan’s perspective.

My aunty Clare has the opposite perspective and was photographed the other day when Maggie died, in Brixton, celebrating with a banner that said ‘Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead’. Here is an article about it & here is a link with a video that was shown on BBC news where you can see her talking (1min 10sec in). And before everyone starts to say she is insulting witches or is anti-feminist and misogynistic by holding up this banner (which people already have done online), there is an article here which says: ‘If Glinda, the good witch, can allow the munchkins their song of triumph over the ruby-slippered menace that has oppressed them for so long, who am I to begrudge it?’

Upon reflection, the reaction I had earlier when someone I know shared Russell Brand’s article in The Guardian is probably a better way to look at things. Essentially after talking to my nan and reading that, my thoughts were: I guess it is better to come at things and try to change things from a place of love and peace than from one of hatred or with a vitriolic reaction no matter how tempting it is or how angry you get.

And don’t get me wrong that’s not me having a hippyish/bohemian, yeh man, let’s all sit round, getting stoned, love and peace reaction where we pretend we care but don’t actually do anything, but more of a – what can we do to try to make changes in society without causing unnecessary grief, pain and destruction.

I.e. don’t go robbing/setting fire/driving a car into your local newsagents ‘cos you think you’re big, clever and hard. Don’t loot just because you want to nick a few bags of Haribos or trainers. Your local newsagents aren’t the establishment. They are not MacDonalds or Tesco. They are more than likely your neighbours’ business that they have probably spent years trying to build up and run. These are the people you should be supporting.

Pauline Pearce had it spot on as far as I am concerned when she shouted at everyone who was causing destruction in Hackney in August 2011. There’s a YouTube video here if you have not seen it or need a little reminder.

Destroying local businesses and rioting for rioting’s sake doesn’t solve anything – I certainly don’t advocate that – but we do need to be allowed the freedom to protest the insane amount of money being spent on Thatcher’s funeral if we want to. It is excessive, completely unnecessary, ostentatious, pomp and ceremony for a woman who does not deserve it. The money could be so well spent on – oh let’s see now – The NHS? People who genuinely need it? Not this farcical rubbish.

And we also have that right without fear of preemptive arrest from the police as highlighted in the Independent here, as far as I am concerned. (The words thought-police and dystopia spring immediately to mind). And yes I know the argument that the police are only looking out for the general public and are only arresting those who have threatened violence but it (especially the preemptive part) doesn’t sit-well with me.

Anyway, instead of rioting for rioting’s sake, try instead in taking an interest in politics and in what the people who have been elected to run the country are saying and doing and don’t allow them to get away with the things you disagree with. If you can (and I don’t do this enough myself) go to protests, sign petitions, talk to other people about your views, try to educate other people if they do not know things, ask questions, vote in elections, talk, discuss, write songs, create artwork that questions things, photograph what you see going on, write comedy, get involved with your local community and local projects, volunteer, support local businesses, don’t buy into everything that the media and TV spoon feeds us – read a few different articles and get your own perspective on things, laugh at satire, and for fuck sake whatever you do, don’t buy The Sun or The Daily Mail!

While I grew up I was taken on many protest marches against Thatcher & her Tory government. I.e. a protest march to ban Section 28 (AKA Clause 28): Here is a photo which was also featured on the front cover of Gay Times in 1990. My aunties also helped to organise London Pride. For anyone who doesn’t know what Section 28 is here is a little summary: ‘Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 caused the controversial addition of Section 2A to the Local Government Act 1986… The amendment stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”.’

I also come from a large family of Northerners (mostly Scousers) as well as having a several family members from London. In the eighties, Thatcher was closing down mines, she was eradicating industry and more and more people ended up unemployed reaching an all time high of three million while she was in power. Benefits were cut. She privatised the world and his dog – or tried to. She stole our milk. She helped to cover up the police’s involvement in the Hillsborough disaster – According to this article: ‘Margaret Thatcher encouraged the South Yorkshire police to be a “partisan force” operating under a “culture of impunity”.’ She introduced Poll Tax. She supported Apartheid. Need I go on?

Not convinced by me? Take a look here at Glenda Jackson talking during the tribute debate in Parliament to add to your perspective.

I don’t claim to know much about politics at all – I would say I am probably quite ignorant and that I need to do a lot more reading/watching of the news. I am basically a left-wing, council-estate, scally-child child of the Thatcher era but I am also fairly well-educated: I worked really hard at school because I loved it and wanted more and I also had the privilege of being able to go to university to do a degree.

Anyway, to end, here is a little song that I also think needs sharing: So Long (Farewell to Margaret Thatcher) by Chumbawamba.