Ref NoLDG/1/1/120
TitleMarket Forces
Date5 August 1971
Extent1 cartoon
Creator NameGibbard; Leslie David (1945-2010); cartoonist
DescriptionBelow a thunderstorm labelled 'Market Forces', six birds are shown with slings supporting their wings which pertain to some kind of injury. The six birds are of differing sizes, with each helping to support the smaller one above it. The largest, and lowest down in the flying hierarchy, depicts Richard Nixon, whose sling reads 'Trade Figures'. Next is Edward Heath, who has a sling reading 'Tory Dogma'. Above Heath are John Davies and Tony Benn. The two smallest birds do not represent human figures, however their slings are labelled 'RR' [Rolls Royce] and 'UCS' [Upper Clyde Shipbuilders] respectively. At one end, Nixon is shown struggling to support the weight of those above him as he sweats and wears an expression of discomfort. At the top, the 'UCS' bird has lost its proper support from the 'RR' bird, and so now appears very close to falling from the chain and plummeting downwards.
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