Margaret Thatcher and the Cartoonists
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Thatcher retired from Parliament at the 1992 General Election, but she left a lasting legacy. This cartoon by Brookes shows her as an elderly and surprisingly masculine figure, rejoicing in the success of her offspring - the New Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Riddell's cartoon of Tony Blair also indicates his parentage, in the determined expression, blonde hair and handbag. The child's seat suggests he is still her junior.
Priestley's cartoon, drawn to illustrate an article in The Independent, suggests that Thatcher's legacy is not just a political one, but lives on in the fractured and divided society produced by her policies.
Taking its inspiration from a news event, this cartoon by Priestley imagines the ageing Thatcher complaining about New Labour's adoption of her policies.
Rowson depicts Thatcher as a rotting corpse, on the twentieth anniversary of her election as Prime Minister in 1979. But once again her lineage is clear - Tony Blair appears as a maggot burrowing out of her nose, wearing a badge celebrating his two years in office.
In the final apotheosis, Thatcher has become an icon worshipped by her political descendants. In Paul Thomas' cartoon her devotee is once again Tony Blair, praying to her for guidance.