Ref NoLDG/1/5/140
TitleUntitled [Social Contract]
Date5 September 1974
Extent1 cartoon
Creator NameGibbard; Leslie, David (1945-2010); cartoonist
DescriptionThis cartoon depicts [Harold Wilson] peering over the edge of a diving board into the swimming pool below, where [Hugh Scanlon] can be found on top of an inflatable toy.

The words 'social contract' can be read behind [Wilson] on the diving board, whilst the word 'election' can be seen below him in the water of the swimming pool. This could show that [Wilson] is using the idea of the social contract to bolster his position within the general election. However, [Scanlon] can be seen with a stubborn facial expression and with his arms folded, appearing as if he is refusing to move out of [Wilson]'s way. This may be reflecting the tension between [Wilson] and [Scanlon], as [Scanlon] refused to support both the Labour and Conservative attempts to restrict the power of the trade unions, which was known to bother [Wilson].
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