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You'll note that all the illos in this series so far have been unsigned, making it almost impossible to delve into the history of these forgotten artists. Not so with today's offering, as it bears the very legible signature of one Bernard Partridge.
As for the topic of this editorial cartoon, it's still very relevant today, in this wartime era of the Patriots Act. If you read the small print at the bottom of this cartoon, it's arguing for the repeal of special wartime legislation--fourteen years after its enactment, and ten years after the war was over!
"1914. With the outbreak of the First World War, a package of emergency legislation is enacted in Britain.
Entitled the Defence of the Realm Act, and customarily (if seldom affectionately) known by its acronym DORA, the legislation gives the state sweeping powers to regulate and control the lives of British citizens, and to rule by proclamation where circumstances dictate the necessity of such a course (i.e., without the requirement to pass a bill through parliament). Much of the focus of the legislation will be upon individuals or actions that are seen to pose a threat to the moral well-being of the nation, and to thereby impact adversely on its war-effort."
Posted by Paul DiFi.