Driven by his need to comment in a far more reactive, instantaneous way to the deeply disturbing events in Syria, Iraq and especially Turkey where megalomaniac President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – driven by absurd narcissistic fantasies about creating a new Ottoman empire of which he would (of course) be Sultan – is driving his deeply divided country towards civil war at the heart of which is what can only be described as Islamo-fascism and the imposition of a massively corrupt police state which brutalises any resistance, Kaya has diversified into political cartooning.
And what does the Turkish embassy think of Kaya’s work?
When Turkish Prime Minister Ahmat Davutoglu visited London on 18th January, Kaya took his two large Erdoğan paintings and set up next to the entrance of Downing Street, across the road from a large, noisy anti-Erdoğan protest. Kaya was quickly approached by two very intimidating Turkish MIT (Millî İstihbarat Teşkilatı) agents attached to the Turkish embassy who introduced themselves to Kaya and proceeded to try and intimidate him, telling him that if he was in Turkey he would be arrested and would serve at least one and a half years in prison for each painting.
The two secret police agents then complained about Kaya’s presence to armed police officers outside Downing Street, telling them that Kaya’s paintings were an insult to the Turkish President and the Turkish State and that Kaya must be removed immediately. They also repeated the information that what Kaya was doing would be a criminal act in Turkey.
The Metropolitan police promptly told them that they would do no such thing and that because we are in Great Britain, people have freedom of speech and the right to peacefully protest against anything they want. The disgruntled MIT bullies had no choice but to walk away.
So… to commemorate the occasion, here’s a few of Kaya’s latest cartoons:
To cope with all the requests for fast access to photos of all his political paintings and new cartoons, we’ve opened a one-stop Tumblr page jam-packed with every single painting and cartoon. Enjoy!
As the entire country becomes deafened by the relentless drumbeat of David Cameron’s craving to commit the British military to a protracted aerial bombing campaign in Syria, around 4,000 anti-war activists descended on Whitehall to protest against the myopic mind-set that dropping more bombs on a terrified population already living in Hell under the barbaric self-styled Islamic State is going to magically improve their lives.
Members of Parliament have clearly refused to learn the bitter lessons from the futility of British military engagement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya and, despite the tide of humanity pouring out of the entire region as desperate people flee their war-torn countries literally by the million into Europe where they are trying to claim sanctuary, David Cameron and undoubtedly a large number of MPs from across all parties – following a disgracefully short 10 hour debate in Parliament tomorrow – look likely to give Cameron the legal fig leaf he so desperately desires so he can strut like an imperial peacock around the halls of the United nations and NATO.
This is against a backdrop of howls of disapproval from many in his own party, the SNP and the more intelligent parts of the Parliamentary Labour Party, who have been joined by a procession of very senior UK and American generals and chiefs of staff who are all saying that this is a sheer folly, yet Cameron keeps his fingers jammed into both ears so he can’t hear the cacophany of alarm.
Kaya brought along three highly pertinent paintings from his collection: A smug-looking Tony Blair wearing only an American flag round his waist stands in a pool of blood, making the ‘V’ sign at the public. A blood-drenched, blind-folded Saudi Prince’s robes fall open to reveal that he is just a midget standing on top of an oil barrel, which in turn sits atop a large pile of bloodied human skulls, and in the third painting “Holland and Cameron – Sons of the Desert”, Francois Hollande wears a Napoleonic hat and gallops theatrically across the desert sands, sitting astride his obedient horse, David Cameron.
The day finally arrived when Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced his much-anticipated Autumn Budget to the House of Commons. The pundits had been wondering through acres of column-inches how he was going to deal with the huge set-back he had suffered following the House of Lords’ rejection of his plans to savagely cut Family Tax credits, forcing Osborne to make a humiliating climb-down.
Kaya had produced a masterpiece for the occasion, titled “The Birth of Gideon”, after Michelangelo’s famous “Birth of Adam”, but portraying the lame-duck Chancellor lounging nonchalantly beside his red Budget Box which contains an axe and a Tax Credits policy paper, reaching out to his idol Margaret Thatcher, who floats on a black cloud, clutching a small tombstone engraved with the epitaph “Poll tax”. For weeks people had been suggesting that cutting Tax Credits for the poorest working families would be Osborne’s cathartic Poll Tax event, wrecking his prospects of taking over from Cameron when he is finally crow-barred out of number 10 to spend more time with his money.
In the end Osborne, the shady tactician, announced that he had “listened carefully to people’s concerns” and that he was scrapping Tax Credit cuts all together, and that he’d also just found £25bn down the back of his sofa because he’s such a brilliant Chancellor so that would pay for it.
The wandering herds of ecstatic Tory back benchers roared and bellowed with approval and delight at all this fantastic validation of all their cruel austerity policies; the sun was going to shine forever on the Conservative Party and the right-wing press had difficulty keeping it in their trousers.
But… after all the crowing and preening had died down and more serious analysts began to unpick Osborne’s statement, it became obvious that once again Osborne had delivered another hand-cart of smoke and mirrors: Tax credits would be completely phased out in two years time anyway because the dreaded, fault-ridden Universal Credit scheme would take over and the working poor would be properly punished then, rather than now, and that mysterious £25bn windfall was only a theoretical tax receipt projection based on a lot of wishful thinking, presuming a growing economy when in fact the economy seems to be slowing down again and our trade deficit is the worst it’s been in many years. All is not quite as rosy as it seems, and now it looks like we’re going to have to pay for another eye-wateringly expensive war in the Middle East, the Tories have agreed to renew Trident for a crippling £176bn, and the emaciated, starved NHS may not make it through the Winter…
The political air was buzzing with excitement, and smelled distinctly of bitter acrimony following the House of Lords’ infamous rejection of Chancellor George Osborne’s planned cuts to Family Tax Credits which had been announced ahead of the 2015 Autumn Budget. Osborne, Cameron et al were fuming at the humiliation, and took to the airwaves to mutter darkly about revenge on the Lords, but nevertheless, George Osborne was sent back to his dank lair at the Treasury to re-think the whole lets-cripple-the-low-paid-peasants idea, as it became crystal clear to the entire nation (and a very vocal cohort of rebellious Tory back-benchers) that there was a stark disconnect between the incessant Tory sloganeering about “Hard Working Families” and “Making Hard Work Pay”, and the reality which was that a couple of million poorly-paid “Strivers” were about to be punished painfully by the very party who had weeks earlier tried to claim that they represented the working man.
The Barclay brothers dutifully rode to Osborne’s rescue ahead of the budget with a glowing piece praising Osborne and claiming that despite the fact that he had just been prevented from causing severe hardship to millions of the “Working Poor”, in fact the general public was still very keen to stick the boot into the disabled, the sick and the unemployed.
To illustrate the article the Telegraph revived a photo of Kaya Mar with his 2015 Summer Budget painting of George Osborne, which was jolly decent of them:
The weather was beautiful, the train ride was incredibly long (especially when the chap sitting opposite took his shoes and socks off), but the journey was worth every second! Kaya arrived in sunny Aberdeen on the morning of October 15th (armed only with two fully-loaded canvases) and made his way to the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre and staked his position outside, catching the appreciative, good-humoured eye of incredibly friendly locals and conference delegates coming and going throughout the opening day of the Scottish National Party (SNP) annual conference.
As usual, various press photographers took a fancy to Kaya’s large oil-on-canvas paintings, portraying SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and former leader Alex Salmond.
The Telegraph even joined in, reproducing several Tweets made on the day from a newly-converted Kaya Mar admirer:
So all in all a great day out for Kaya (including some divine fish and chips!
UPDATE! The Scottish Sun kindly came up with this extra article…