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I Shall Vote Labour - Christopher Logue

I Shall Vote Labour - Christopher Logue

£295.00

LOGUE, Christopher.
I Shall Vote Labour.
Original poster [575 x 440 mm]. Black text on vivid red background, printed to one side only. Gear Poster/ Vandal Publications Ltd, 1966. 
Soft creases and pin holes to each corner. 
A scarce version of Christopher Logue's poster poem. In this design the typography reflects that of the first edition from Turret Books that was printed on plain white paper, while the second edition from Gear Posters prints lines between the text. 

This iconic poster poem was inspired by the 1964 General Election which saw Labour narrowly gain over the conservatives. With a majority of only four, Harold Wilson held a second general election seventeen months later and 'Tribune', the Labour Party magazine, asked a selection of writers and artists why they would vote Labour. This louche satire was Logue's response. Bookseller Bernard Stone prompted Logue to publish the piece as a poster to sell during the election campaign. The broadside was enormously successful, eventually selling over 30,000 copies.  

 

I shall vote Labour because 

God votes Labour.
I shall vote Labour in order to protect
the sacred institution of The Family.
I shall vote Labour because
I am a dog.
I shall vote Labour because Labour tolerates
the traitor Ian Smith.
I shall vote Labour because
I am on a diet.
I shall vote Labour because Ringo votes Labour.
I shall vote Labour because
upper-class hoorays annoy me in expensive restaurants.
I shall vote Labour because if I don't
somebody else will:
AND
I shall vote Labour because if one person does it
everybody will be wanting to do it.
I shall vote Labour because
my husband looks like Anthony Wedgewood Benn.
I shall vote Labour because I am obedient.
I shall vote Labour because if I do not vote Labour
my balls will drop off.
I shall vote Labour because there are too few
cars on the road.
I shall vote Labour because
Mrs Wilson promised me five pounds if I did.
I shall vote Labour because I love
Look At Life films.
I shall vote Labour because I am 
a hopeless drug addict.
I shall vote Labour because 
I am a Wincarnis Shareholder
I shall vote Labour because
I failed to be a dollar millionaire aged three.
I shall vote Labour because Labour will build
more maximum-security prisons.
I shall vote Labour because I want to see
Nureyev and Fonteyn dance in Swansea Civic Centre.
I shall vote Labour because I want to shop
in a covered precinct stretching from Yeovil to Glasgow.
I shall vote Labour because I want to rape
an air-hostess.
I shall vote Labour because I am a hairdresser.
I shall vote Labour because
The Queen's stamp collection is the best in the World.
I shall vote Labour because, 
deep in my heart,
I am a conservative.


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