Whether you’re a Red-nosed reindeer or are looking forward to a Blue Christmas, there’s something for you among a new set of political greeting cards from creative duo Aengus ' Gus' Ryan and Rory Sheppard.
As the United Kingdom faces a surprise election right in the middle of Christmas party season (December 12th), following a sequence of Brexit extensions, British people can be forgiven for feeling a bit of political fatigue this festive season. That’s why Gus and Rory have decided to spread a bit of cheer, taking aim at the three leading parties with their acerbic cards.
“We think people are fed up with British politics in general, so an election so close to Christmas has only exasperated that feeling,” say the pair,, explaining their desire to poke fun at politics with their card collection. “It's sure to cause a few arguments around the dinner table this Christmas that's for sure!”
The jokes include a dig at Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott’s infamous innumeracy and another featuring the suspicion that Conservative PM Boris Johnson has plans to ‘give away’ the National Health Service. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has also been cast as the machine gun-toting gangster in Home Alone’s film-within-a-film Angels with Filthy Souls.
“Some came easier than others... Some came from iconic Christmas lines or songs that were quite easy to then put a political spin on. Others came from ongoing narratives in the world of British politics that we had to work a bit harder to portray in a festive way. The Home Alone line was actually our first idea! It's such an iconic scene and Corbyn having quite a calm persona made the juxtaposition of him as an angry mobster seem perfect,” says Ryan and Gus.
The pair have been working together for three years after partnering up in the final year of the Creative Advertising at the University of Lincoln and the’ve worked at agencies like VCCP, CP+B, Lucky Generals, BMB and WCRS.