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Artist or CreatorMichael Cummings
Title or Caption"Oh dear! If we make a fuss about this, Mr. Wilson will accuse us of gimmickry and spy
mania..."
Extent1 item
Published byDaily Express
Date18 Oct 1971
FormatArtwork
Embedded text or transcriptIrish Republican Airlines 2000 Czech shoes 25 samovars to Falls Rd. 16 crates of
vodka to Londonderry 1500 Czech glasses to Belfast Father O'Brezhenv Missionary to Ulster
Person DepictedMaudling; Reginald (1917-1979)
Heath; Edward (1916-2005)
Brezhnev; Leonid Ilyich (1906-1982)
NotesNews: 18 Oct: Special Branch officers were working closely with Dutch police investigating
how four tons of arms and ammunition from Czechoslovakia came so close to falling into IRA hands.
Under the IRA code name "Operation Patriot" the arms were flown from Prague to Amsterdam where
they were seized by Dutch police acting on a tip off. ... [The Times] News: 19 Oct: Sir Fitzroy
Maclean asked Sir Alec Douglas-Home to keep Mr Wilson fully informed on the details of the cargo
of arms for use in Northern Ireland which was intercepted in Amsterdam, so that he would not be
able to claim that it was just another Tory election gimmick. ... [The Times] News: 22 Oct: The
British committee of the International Press Institute protested to the National Union of
Journalists at the disruption of production of the Scottish Daily Express. The disruption was
because of objections to a cartoon by Michael Cummings which showed Mr Brezhnev, leader of the
Soviet Communist Party, dressed as a Roman Catholic priest leaving an aircraft loaded with tanks
for Northern Ireland. The committee considered the action as a serious threat to freedom of
expression. [The Times]
SubjectsIreland
Cold War
Northern Ireland
aircraft
disguises
Czechoslovakia
IRA
communism
arms supply
Armaments
Conservative Party
Leader of the Opposition
tanks
priests
Russia
Copyright contact detailssyndication.queries@express.co.uk
Location of artworkBritish Cartoon Archive
Relates to cartoon21261

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GB/BCA/517Maudling; Reginald (1917-1979)1917-1979   
GB/BCA/755Heath; Edward (1916-2005)1916-2005   
GB/BCA/984Brezhnev; Leonid Ilyich (1906-1982)1906-1982   
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