Tory blogger Iain Dale features Gordon Brown as Hitler

It hasn’t taken very long for Conservative Party supporters to take the election fight online into the gutter. Last weeek we saw spoof posters of asylum seekers cropping up, but featuring Gordon Brown as Adolf Hitler as Tory blogger Iain Dale has done goes far beyond anything that is even remotely acceptable.

There is nothing to justify use of a man who exterminated more than six million people and started a world war leading to the deaths of many millions more with Gordon Brown.

Brown may or may not have shouted at his staff and thrown stuff as told by Andrew Rawnsley who is on a crusade to shift as many copies of his book as possible.

Even if Brown did any of what The Observer journalist alleges (which would clearly be wrong) it can never justify the use of this image on any level. It just doesn’t.

Iain Dale weakly defends himself by saying this:”The left will no doubt go apoplectic with rage, but they should calm down and remember the hideous political art of the 1980s featuring Margaret Thatcher. This is mild by comparison.”

That’s truly pathetic. To even advance such an argument shows Dale knows very well he has crossed the line. He has already stooped low with his involvement in the miserable campaign to oust Bristol East Labour MP Kerry McCarthy. His talking about the political cartoons of the likes of Gerald Scarfe who did such fine work depicting Margaret Thatcher as she appeared to many of us as she privatised, smashed trade unions and communities before finally being kicked out by her own party. Dumped unceremoniously in the trash of political history.

Those cartoons of Thatcher are not in anyway comparable. The works of Scarfe and ‘Spitting Image’ was political art and satire. The kind we see daily in our national newspapers. The kind that depicted Tony Blair as a poodle and George Bush as a simian. Labour supporters have been ably spoofing David Cameron these last weeks led by Clifford Singer at, but as he points out the left would never stoop to this. Hitler spoofs were sent in but editorial judgment was exercised. Clearly something that Dale lacks.

This isn’t even any good. The artist concerned Louis Sidolo talks about being inspired by some of the political art that appeared in the Obama campaign. The irony of talking about the a black man being elected president by placing an image of our prime minister next to a mass murderer clearly goes over his head.

Dale is as low as you can go and he should be ashamed of himself. All this as the Tories slip in the polls. I’m sure David Cameron will be sending his letter of thanks to Dale any moment for all his good work.


  • Jeremy Lee

    Very distasteful I agree. But Iain Dale isn’t an elected Tory politician is he? I quite like the fact that Brown promises bullying for all

  • Mark Griffiths

    There is a right wing agenda to confuse political Left and Right in people’s minds. Not so long ago, it would’ve been impossible to associate a left wing politician with Hitler. In trying to ditch ideology to create a level playing field, where everything has to be judged on personality alone, it’s inevitable we get this kind of tactic. It all suits Scameron and his Eton Trifles.

  • Joe Bloggs

    Mr Macmillan, Gerald Scarfe’s work on Thatcher was just as vile as Ian Dale’s. This is politics, it’s a big boys game. The trouble with you on the Left is that you’ve been campaigning like this for years, before the internet took hold, but few realised. Subversive, biased content on the BBC during the Thatcher years is a prime example. The Right had nothing, except the Daily Telegraph – and the Sun, depending on the way the wind was blowing. But the internet is a great leveller and what upsets you Lefties most is the fact that the Tories can now dish it out as well as you can. May the most creative campaign win the election!

  • Gordon Macmillan

    @JeremyI don’t think this has anything to do with being elected or not. It is about judgment. Clear and simple.

    @JoeBloggs Yes it is a big boys game, but no the left have not been campaigning like this for years.

    Do you not recall Devil eyes? The Tory poster depicting Tony Blair as the Devil? Well that all turned out splendidly.

  • Joe Bloggs

    Mr Macmillan – ok, give you that, the Devil eyes campaign. However it was correct, wasn’t it, in the end? Despite all the bleatings of commentators about how dreadfully unfair it was and how it would backfire on the Tories (which it did), the campaign was correct. Tony Blair was and is the devil, that’s something both sides of the political spectrum can agree on. He deceived the nation and went to war on a lie resulting in the deaths of (reportedly) 600K people and a major strategic error which has strengthened Iran. He was and is Phony Tony.

  • Gordon Macmillan

    I think you made my point: it backfired. Thanks.

  • Sean Miller

    Its unusual to compare Mr. Brown with a Hitler, really its strange. There are some mistakes made by the PM, but we have to wait for the final report..

  • Kevin Gordon

    Wearing a Brown Shirt does not make you a Nazi.

  • Ron Bercume

    Regardless of your view, this level of trash and it’s lack of integrity is obvious.

  • Matthew Hoad-Robson
  • Idle Tom

    Matt that labourlite comeback is pretty good, my fave lines:
    “We’re polling well in the home countie, mainly with Daily Mail readers.”
    “Anyone with a subscription to horse and hound please leave the room”
    Also theres now a 3d game in which Cameron is some kind of evil lord ( so it can go both ways

  • 208645

    Is it any wonder that Iain Dale can’t find a seat to run for at the moment?