The Extreme Centre
Tariq Ali, Verso 2015

Verso's art director Andy Pressman was looking for a seedy backstreet bar sign treatment for this latest title from "intellectual bomb-thrower" Ali – and thought of me for some reason... Many enjoyable hours of meticulous Photoshopping ensued.

What is the point of elections? The result is always the same: a victory for the Extreme Centre. Since 1989, politics has become a contest to see who can best serve the needs of the market, a competition now fringed by unstable populist movements. The same catastrophe has taken place in the US, Britain, Continental Europe and Australia.

Despite this inertia, Ali goes in search of alternative futures, finding promise in the Bolivarian revolutions of Latin America and at the edges of Europe. Emerging parties in Scotland, Greece and Spain, formed out of the 2008 crisis, are offering new hope for democracy.