This work refers to a long running feud the artist had with Strathclyde Regional Council. Finlay's work of the 1970s and 1980s features warfare as a recurring theme. In the 1980s he also turned to the French Revolution for inspiration. He investigated the power of images and symbols, particularly those associated with militarism, politics, art and Classicism. In this print, he has featured the guillotine, associated with the French Revolution, as a motif. The style of writing used has associations with Classicism.