Keep Calm and Carry On Keeps On

Keep Calm and Carry OnI’ve been keeping a tag on news stories on the resurgence of the Keep Calm and Carry On campaign over the past couple of weeks, and it continues to turn up regularly on the daily digest in a series of bizarre guises, often without reference to its origins, by comics, estate agents, lawyers, retailers, those preparing for weddings, backing for sports teams. Try a search on Etsy, and many different products come back,  some subverted (or recycled; take 2)! It’s being used as a form of decoration: “it’s so hard to decide on a colour”, and turns up in a number of blogs, e.g.: 1, 2, 3… and Kitchener gets a look in. It’s now been graffitied onto walls, and the Imperial War Museum is providing “Top Tips for Tough Times“, inspired by the posters. I don’t want to link to the BNP, but they’re using it also now “to symbolise the defiance of British people as they stagger under the greatest immigration invasion of all times and a crushing economic crisis brought on by the corrupt mainstream politicians.”

You have the right to remain silent (Winchester)We'd like to give youYou Have the Right Not To Remain Silent
En route to work this morning I spotted a new police poster “you have the right not to remain silent” which reminded me of “Keep Calm and Carry On”… I didn’t think I’d be the only one to make the connection, and of course I wasn’t, here’s a taste of what Carl Morris had to say a couple of days ago (along with a photo of the poster):

Unintended messages
You may have seen the slogan “Keep Calm And Carry On” on posters and t-shirts recently. It’s a poster design from the archives of World War II, when invasion of these islands was expected. It’s now the direct inspiration for this new police campaign. The original has grown in popularity because it’s a quaint relic of a bygone era which has seen its message of stoic British resolve reapplied now. It’s all very tongue in cheek. By using this format, the Home Office may be seeking to be trendy – but they just end up co-opting aspects of what the message meant then and means now. The original was simply a propaganda poster. Draw your own conclusion from that.