This was one of Ian Hislop's first major works as a satirist. Started before he became editor of Private Eye and written over four years, 1983 - 1987, this cartoon strip is a neat satire embracing a parody of Orwell's 1984 with everyone always at war with each other alongside very pointed caricatures Spitting Image style of the politicians of the day.
Thatcher is a female Hitler commanding a cabinet of spineless henchmen who carry out their leader's orders without demur. Kinnock's rag bag army of losers is shown as hopelessly incompetent and divided spending longer fighting between themselves than confronting Thatcher. The Liberal SDP alliance comes in for equally severe treatment as a bunch of no-hoper's without a coherent idea and in hook to David Owen. There are many cameos of bit players along the way including Jeffrey Archer, Arthur Scargill and the Bishop of Durham. None get away lightly. Running throughout is a commentary on the political events that occurred through those years. References to Clive Ponting, the silencing of the IRA on news items, the dealings with South Africa are all to be found.
Newman's drawings are perhaps the highlight of this satire done in a rather thickset style. It works extremely well to show the Orwellian parody. Don't expect fair treatment of your favourite 1980s politician because you won't get it. What you will get is a very funny romp that takes no prisoners.