Archive for the 'Marf Cartoons' Category


Marf on Queen’s Speech day – and we still don’t if the Tories will get a majorty

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017


Marf’s afternoon cartoon on the Brexit talks

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

The period of political confusion continues

With the first round of the Brexit talks apparently marked by the David Davis agreeing to the EU’s negotiating timetable and this afternoon the DUP raising doubts about whether they will support the Tories we are entering uncharted territory.

Having worked at Westminster with BBC news during the 1974-1979 parliament where LAB soon lost its majority every commons vote is going to become an issue. Ministers are going to be brought back from overseas trip for critical votes, rebel CON MPs will find that they hold an enormous amount of power and we might get the sight of critically ill MPs being brought by ambulance for key votes.

I’d mark down Anna Soubry and Ken Clarke as ones who won’t necessarily follow the party line on Brexit related issues.

Labour and the other opposition parties will be looking all the time for opportunities to ambush the government just to add to the tension.

Whether its Theresa/Boris/David/Philip as PM life will be the same. Very tiring and stressful for ministers and backbenchers who are not going to enjoy this parliament.

With LAB now having poll leads the Tories are going to avoid another general election at all costs.

Mike Smithson


Marf on the travails of Theresa

Monday, June 12th, 2017


The pressure on the President heralds the return of Marf

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

We’ve not seen a Marf cartoon on PB for some time but that all changes this afternoon with this drawing on Donald Trump who clearly is under a lot of pressure.

I’m hoping that there maybe more from her during the closing stages of GE2017 and beyind.

The twin issues of the sacking of FBI director, Comey and the allegation that he gave secret intelligence to the Russian foreign have today led to the first Republican law-maker talk of impeachment.

Mike Smithson


Seasonal greetings from Marf and Ratty who’ll be returning in the New Year

Sunday, December 27th, 2015



Meanwhile a message from Marf & council by election results

Friday, September 11th, 2015




Leith Walk on Edinburgh (SNP and Green defence)
Result: SNP 2,290 (36% +7%), Labour 1,623 (26% -7%), Green Party 1,381 (22% +2%), Conservative 501 (8% unchanged), Liberal Democrats 255 (4% -1%), UKIP 102 (2%, no candidate in 2012), Scottish Socialists 97 (2%, no candidate in 2012), Left Unity 32 (1%, no candidate in 2012), Independent 26 (0% -3%), Libertarian 17 (0%, no candidate in 2012)
SNP HOLD on the first count, Labour GAIN from Green on the tenth count. Swing: 7% from Labour to SNP

Midlothian West on Midlothian (SNP defence)
Result: SNP 1,540 (43% +3%), Labour 945 (26% -9%), Conservatives 524 (15% +4%), Green Party 375 (11% +6%), Liberal Democrats 162 (5% -1%), Non Party Independent 25 (1%, no candidate in 2012)
Scottish National Party HOLD on the forth count with a majority of 595 (17%) on a swing of 6% from Labour to SNP

Fant on Maidstone (Con defence)
Result: Conservatives 477 (27% -3%), Liberal Democrats 424 (24% +2%), Labour 352 (20% unchanged), Green Party 249 (14% +4%), United Kingdom Independence Party 180 (10% -8%), Independent 75 (4%. no candidate in 2015)
Conservative HOLD with a majority of 53 (3%) on a swing of 2.5% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat

Blackheath on Sandwell (Lab defence)
Result: Labour 915 (51% +12%), Conservatives 544 (31% +10%), United Kingdom Independence Party 287 (16% -20%), Green Party 35 (2% -2%)
Labour HOLD with a majority of 371 (20%) on a swing 1% from Conservative to Labour

Southborough North on Tunbridge Wells (Con defence)
Result: Conservatives 483 (44% -15%), Liberal Democrats 434 (39% +26%), United Kingdom Independence Party 188 (17% +1%)
Conservative HOLD with a majority of 49 (5%) on a swing of 20.5% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat

West Thurrock and South Stifford on Thurrock (Lab defence)
Result: Labour 629 (43% -7%), United Kingdom Independence Party 450 (31% -4%), Conservatives 384 (26% +11%)
Labour HOLD with a majority of 179 (12%) on a swing of 1.5% from Labour to UKIP

Harry Hayfield


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Marf celebrates gay marriage with a cartoon …

Sunday, May 24th, 2015



Marf on Osborne’s plan for the civil service

Thursday, May 21st, 2015


PB Update – welcome to Don Brind

Tomorrow the political journalist, Don Brind, is joining our small team of regular guest slot contributors. He is somebody I’ve known a very long time since we both worked at the BBC in the 1970s. In recent times Don has been a regular contributor on The Week

Back in 2007 Don gave me a well argued steer on the then LAB deputy leadership contest to the effect that Harriet Harman, then 10/1, was going to get it. She won.

He’s got very close contacts with LAB and will act as a balance to David Herdson and TSE who are both active Tories. His first column will be tomorrow.

Mike Smithson