LevelPiece
Ref NoLDG/1/1/114
TitleWedgie at Work
Date5 June 1970
Extent1 cartoon
Creator NameGibbard; Leslie David (1945-2010); cartoonist
DescriptionEdward Heath stands on a podium labelled 'Tories' holding a piece of paper. Under his feet is a wedge positioned on top of the podium, across which Enoch Powell's face is stretched. [Tony Benn], with his pipe in his pocket, is shown wielding a mallet and striking this wedge so as to put Heath off balance. In the distance, Harold Wilson can be seen sat on a bench whistling to himself with little concern for the scene before him.

[News from 3 June: A passionate attack on Enoch Powell was made by Tony Benn. He said "The flag of racialism which has been hoisted in Wolverhampton is beginning to look like the one that fluttered 25 years ago over Dachau and Belsen. If we do not speak up now against the filthy and obscene racialist propaganda still being issued under the imprint of Conservative Central Office, the forces of hatred will mark up their first success and mobilise for their next offensive." "The most evil feature of Powell's Conservatism was the hatred it was stirring up" Benn said. He alleged that this was playing on fear and fanning suspicion. "When hate was released it got out of control quickly."] (Source: The University of Kent, British Cartoon Archive)
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