Is he ‘squiffy’?

On his personal blog, Nottingham PhD student Chris Burgess discusses the poster illustrated above.

It is a Conservative effort, mocking H.H. Asquith, Liberal Prime Minister from 1908 to 1916. The poster simply asks ‘where is’ the cheap bread the Liberals promised in their 1906 election campaign.

Asquith was the man who inspired the term ‘squiffy’ given he was often swaying when answering questions in the Commons, the presumption being he liked his drink a bit too much. Politicians have a troubled relationship with drink, although some could handle it better than others; but the public rarely knew much about it, until recently that is.

However, if you look carefully at the poster – Asquith’s facial expression, the peculiar configuration of his feet – is the artist making a sly allusion to his drinking?

Chris isn’t sure and nor are we.

Let us know what you think.

 

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