SPEAKER WITH WIG, Sunday morning, Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park, London 1991.
Speakers’ Corner has been a traditional site for public speeches and debates since the mid 1800’s when protests and demonstrations took place in Hyde Park.
Historic figures such as George Orwell, George Bernard Shaw, Karl Marx and future high profile leaders, Vladimir Lenin and Winston Churchill, were known to use the area to demonstrate free speech.
On the day I visited to take this photograph, nobody seemed to be taking this guy seriously. This might have been due to two things:
1. He was talking nonsense and 2. He was sporting a ridiculous Syrup.
Little did we know then, that not too long afterwards, we would have a political leader without shame or conscience, a sociopath for whom no lie is off limits either in his public or private life, who talks bollocks and sports an equally ridiculous Barnet.