4th Jun 2015, 5:15 AM in The Rite of Serfdom

Nitpicks: The Red Queen

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Nitpicks: The Red Queen
{{Reader Michiel Prior asks: / Some while ago you asked if anyone guessed what Maghreid was up to. Or more precisely: "what variant of the political game do you think she has been playing?"
Okay, so he was only throwing my own question back at me, but here goes: / }}
{{Comic in a style based on that of Bryant Paul Johnson.}} / Title: The Red Queen. / Caption: Barbara Castle was MP for Blackburn from 1945 to 1979. / Barbara Castle: In politics, GUTS is all!
Caption: An impassioned left-winger, she enjoyed the support of Great Britain's powerful trade unions. / [[Workers on a picket.]]
Caption: In 1965, she became Transport Secretary under Harold Wilson. She fought the road lobby to introduce a speed limit and other road safety features. / Barbara Castle: Breathalyser tests will save thousands of lives nationally each year! / 1. Heckler: Boo! Killjoy! / 2. Heckler: Down with the nanny state!
Caption: As Employment Secretary, she staked her credibility with the Unions and the far left on a white paper proposing to reform industrial relations. / [[White paper entitled "In Place of Strife"]]
Caption: More than a decade before Margaret Thatcher, she sought to curb the power of the unions. / Barbara Castle: Wildcat strikes are against the spirit of socialism.
Caption: It is now thought that had Castle been able to get them accepted, Thatcher would not have been able to emasculate the unions to the extent that she - / [[Maghreid blocks the view of the caption and the image.]] / Maghreid: Oy! Don't read this rubbish!
{{Footnotes: Barbara Castle
Barbara Castle (1910-2002) was a fiery, redheaded, uhm, red. She was Britain's first female cabinet minister, and in several alternate realities became Britain's first female Prime Minister. In this reality, we got Margaret Thatcher, then Tony Blair. This is a good example of what makes alternate history such an attractive genre to write in.
For reasons of brevity, I have omitted Barbara Castle's first cabinet post, that of Oversees Development, which she bagged in 1964. In that post, and the Transport posts that followed, she was an effective administrator, introducing such crazy extremist left-wing ideas as breathalyzer tests, a 70 MPH speed limit and mandatory seatbelts in cars. By now, the lives saved by these measures in the fourty years since then could fill a medium-sized city.
Killjoy: opponents of the breathalyzer tests did call her that. In those more primitive times, there were still some people left who thought it was their God-given right to drive drunk and get away with it.
Nanny state: the British equivalent of Big Government. It is this author's opinion that those who complain the loudest about a nanny state are the people who need nannying the most.
In Place of Strife: the title refers back to a 1952 book by Aneurin Bevan called In Place of Fear. Barbara Castle was an admirer and supporter of Bevan's.
This comic's style and format were inspired by that of Teaching Baby Paranoia, which you should read. I can't make any claim to having parodied it accurately although I think that with a bit more practice, I could learn to. As it is, I had very little time to make this one, and so my research into TBP artist Bryant Paul Johnson's technique was pretty perfunctory and slapdash.
And that is very much in the spirit of the original. / }}
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Reinder Dijkhuis 3rd Jun 2015, 5:24 AM edit delete
Reinder Dijkhuis
Reader Michiel Prior asks:

Some while ago you asked if anyone guessed what Maghreid was up to. Or more precisely: "what variant of the political game do you think she has been playing?"

Okay, so he was only throwing my own question back at me, but the above is, if not a full answer, then at least a historical parallel.

Footnotes: Barbara Castle

Barbara Castle (1910-2002) was a fiery, redheaded, uhm, red. She was Britain's first female cabinet minister, and in several alternate realities became Britain's first female Prime Minister. In this reality, we got Margaret Thatcher, then Tony Blair. This is a good example of what makes alternate history such an attractive genre to write in.

For reasons of brevity, I have omitted Barbara Castle's first cabinet post, that of Oversees Development, which she bagged in 1964. In that post, and the Transport posts that followed, she was an effective administrator, introducing such crazy extremist left-wing ideas as breathalyzer tests, a 70 MPH speed limit and mandatory seatbelts in cars. By now, the lives saved by these measures in the forty years since then could fill a medium-sized city.

Killjoy: opponents of the breathalyzer tests did call her that. In those more primitive times, there were still some people left who thought it was their God-given right to drive drunk and get away with it.

Nanny state: the British equivalent of Big Government. It is this author's opinion that those who complain the loudest about a nanny state are the people who need nannying the most.

In Place of Strife: the title refers back to a 1952 book by Aneurin Bevan called In Place of Fear. Barbara Castle was an admirer and supporter of Bevan's.

This comic's style and format were inspired by that of Teaching Baby Paranoia, which you should read. I can't make any claim to having parodied it accurately although I think that with a bit more practice, I could learn to. As it is, I had very little time to make this one, and so my research into TBP artist Bryant Paul Johnson's technique was pretty perfunctory and slapdash.

And that is very much in the spirit of the original.

Originally published on February 25, 2005. I think this one holds up pretty well, though I don't think Bryant Paul Johnson deserved that dig at his research. Sorry Bryant!

Comments:

E. Bernhard Warg 1st Jul 2017, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
Interesting. In America, politicians would probably criticize wildcat strikes as being *indicative* of Socialism...