Ref NoDL1707
Alt Ref NoDL1707
Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
Title or CaptionThe war spreads to Portland Place
Extent1 item
Published byEvening Standard
Date07 Mar 1941
Size34 x 44cm
Techniqueblack ink/blue crayon
Embedded text or transcriptB.B.C. To-day's programme - The Symphony by the Pmilb quartette is off, it having been discovered that politically they are nuts
Signed Colonel Blimp O.C.
Decontamination Depot
Pritt for President
Pritt for the peoples choice (sez you)
Person DepictedColonel Blimp; (fictional)
Pritt; D. N.
Musso; (Low's dog)
NotesNews: Labour condemnation of communism and "People's Convention" activities. Mr Pritt's refusal to resign Parliamentary seat. The position of certain members of the Labour Party who participated on Jan. 12 at a "People's Convention" in London was examined on Jan. 20 by the National Executive of the Party. At the "People's Convention" one of whose most prominent members is Mr D.N. Pritt, K.C., M.P. for North Hammersmith, a programme was adopted for a "people's government and a people's peace", contrary to the Labour Party's policy of supporting the Government and pursuing the war for the defeat of Hitlerism and aggression. On Feb 11 it was announced that the North Hammersmith Labour Party had asked Mr. Pritt to resign his seat in view of the fact that his opinions and activities did not represent the views of the electors of the constituency and that his general political attitude was indistiguishable from Communism; this Mr Pritt declined to do. ... [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.4510]

B.B.C. position of artists and employees belonging to People's Convention or conscientious objectors. Mr. Churchill's statement. Mr Churchill, replying to parliamentary question on March 20, stated that the B.B.C. had decided, on reconsideration, that artists who attended "People's Convention" meetings should not be debarred from giving broadcasts in the normal way. While the government did not wish to accord special facilites at the microphone to persons whose words and actions were calculated to hamper the national war effort, the connection between such activities and musical and dramatic performances was not apparent nor worth while establishing.Dealing with a decision made by the BBC in the cases of two of their technicians - a decision which he endorsed - the Premier said that anything like persecution, victimisation, or man-hunting was odious to this country, It was, however, quite a different matter to employ conscientious objectors in highly confidential and responsible technical work which should be reserved for those who fully supported the national war effort. Conscientious objectors allowed to broadcast would do so in their capacity as musicians only, but a certain amount of power in the selection of music should be retained; a very spirited rendition of "Deutschland uber Alles" could hardly be allowed. [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.4518]
conscientious objectors
Labour Party
civil defence
Portland Place
World War 1939-1945
Copyright contact detailsNorthcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT
Location of artworkReturned to Beaverbrook Foundation, 1998
Relates to cartoonDL1707

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GB/BCA/173Colonel Blimp; (fictional)   
GB/BCA/3966Pritt; D. N.   
GB/BCA/2400Musso; (Low's dog)   
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