‘Strong and stable my arse’: how a campaign poster made my house a tourist attraction

By Michael Hann

When Michael Hann placed one of Jeremy Deller’s slogans in his window, he thought his wife would object not that strangers would call in to compliment it

To be honest, my main concern was whether my wife would tolerate it; not everyone wants a poster reading “Strong and stable my arse” in their front window. I’d got one of the Jeremy Deller prints, mocking Theresa May’s campaign slogan, from my friend Robin, who’d ordered a stack for his bar. Once home, it went straight up: I wanted to say something about the election, but couldn’t quite bring myself to put up a party poster. “It’s art, innit?” said my wife, granting her approval.

That was just over a week ago. And it has become the single most interesting thing about our house in its history. “There are always people taking photos of that poster,” my 13-year-old son noted on Sunday (he’s the one wandering the streets most often; he’d know). “It’s peng.”

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