Britain: Blairites censor official election artist

Bush and Blair's Iraq exit strategy, cartoon by Steve Bell

From The Times in London:

By Dalya Alberge, Arts Correspondent

THE official general election artist claimed yesterday that he had been the victim of a “sinister” attempt within parliamentary circles to censor and delay an exhibition of his satirical drawings from the campaign trail.

David Godbold, 44, was commissioned by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art. …

Godbold’s work, inspired by the 18th and 19th-century satirists Rowlandson, Gillray and Daumier, includes some scathing attacks, particularly on Tony Blair and Labour’s handling of the NHS, Iraq and postal voting.

Although he comes from a staunch Socialist background and was “delighted” when new Labour got into power, his treatment by the party during the campaign soured his view of the Government.

He said yesterday that, whereas the other parties had welcomed him, Labour officials had repeatedly tried to refuse him entry to events.

On one occasion he had found himself locked in a room for 20 minutes while checks were made.

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