'I wouldn't mind him playing the organ if only he knew how to play it'

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'I wouldn't mind him playing the organ if only he knew how to play it'

by (Arthur Stuart) Michael Cummings ('Cummings')
pen and ink and wash, 1967
11 3/4 in. x 17 5/8 in. (298 mm x 447 mm)
Given by Lady Ruth Marples, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG 5364

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Harold Wilson (far right), the Labour Prime Minister, enjoys the problems of Edward Heath, Leader of the Opposition, failing to make music with his shadow cabinet. The organ pipes, (left to right), are: Lord Hailsham, Ian MacLeod, Lord Marples, Reginald Maudling, Lord Home, Enoch Powell, Sir Edward du Cann and Lord Duncan-Sandys.

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Howard Kiernan

12 February 2021, 22:42

It seems the person complaining is a Conservative who thinks Heath is not a good organist, and it was easy for people to say this, although an organ scholar, which he had been, would have known not to play the keyboard with feet! The cartoonist is making various political points here, and the complainer looks very like Mrs Thatcher without being named. A lot of people thought Wilson might win another election, but somehow Mr Heath won through for a while.