13 election posters the Tories would prefer you forgot about

Shehab Khan
Friday 10 April 2015 13:00
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Labour has parodied an infamous 1970s Tory election poster showing a queue outside a job centre in its new poster campaign, which focuses on NHS waiting times.

While Saatchi and Saatchi's 'Labour isn't working' poster is seen as having changed political advertising forever, there are some posters the Conservative Party would no doubt hope we forgot about entirely.

1909

This poster was used to depict then chancellor, Liberal Lloyd George, as an ignorant German bomber.

Apparently this is about free trade, and not race hate.

Here the Welsh are being used to portray the economic climate in 1909.

This slogan was used in opposition to the proposed Budget.

1929

Some classic Tory scaremongering about socialism.

1931

In fact, perhaps some things never change.

1952

What do housewives care about? Cheaper shopping! And more sugar! Apparently.

1954

But two years later it was all about freedom.

1956

Worst slogan ever.

1958

Tugging at the nation's heartstrings once more.

1978

This time around it's not the poster itself that is offensive, but the suggestion that Labour didn't regard ethnic minority voters as British citizens.

Picture source: Conservative Party archive. With thanks to Bodleian Libraries.

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