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ART NEWS: Banksy, the Scarlet Pimpernel of the art world, succeeded last night where many others have also succeeded – and made a cock out of Number 10.

Outwitting security that includes multiple CCTV cameras, armed response units, radar, air support and a bobby on the doorstep, the publicity-hungry/shy graffiti artist somehow left one of his trademark stencils at the door of power last night – causing an immediate media storm.


β€œIs it art?” frothed Guardian correspondent Giles Harbinger, β€œor is it vandalism? Or is it, in fact, the free and sane expression of the people’s feelings towards their governors?” The Daily Mail heralded it as a shocking indictment of the benefits culture. The Star recreated the image with some models.

This morning the Metropolitan police were unclear as to whether they would be issuing a warrant for Banksy’s arrest, following ‘mixed messages’ from Number 10 itself.

β€œWell of course it is embarrassing,” said a cabinet minister who asked not to be named,” but then again the value of the house has just gone up by about half a million pounds. Money is tight these days so, you know, and to be honest the Treasury is saying ‘well hang on a minute, lads – there might be something in this…’”

Story: Jasper Gibson

Image: Q4Nobody

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