A Belfast-based cartoonist has erected satirical banners on foot-bridges over major roads in the City to vent his anger with the Ulster Bank.
Brian Spencer has had difficulty paying his bills because of problems with his account in the wake of the bank’s group IT meltdown on June 19. "I made the banners myself. One says 'Fat Cat on a hot tin roof' - a cartoon of Jim Brown holding a cigar - and another shows him saying: "Computer says 'no' adding underneath 'well you gotta go'. Two have already been taken down, and I think that whoever removed them was being heavy-handed.
“I am a disgruntled graduate – a victim of a recession - and a disgruntled victim of the Ulster Bank’s self-inflicted credit crunch. Satire is an essential part of a functioning democracy, allowing grievances to be aired. Hogarth, the 17th century satirist, set the benchmark for political satire in art and it has been crucial ever since.”
Brian, 24, who studied law at Queen’s University Belfast, was working towards his U.S. Bar exams in New York when he was seriously hurt in a road accident and had to return home. He said: "I have had to put my legal career on hold and am now spending part of my time doing satirical cartoons which have been published in newspapers and on the internet. But I am also open to commissions for birthday caricature banners and that sort of thing."