This cartoon was published in the Evening Standard, a moderate pro-Conservative newspaper. This shows us that newspapers were prepared to criticise the government on issues that were thought to transcend party politics. The plight of old people is a good example and illustrates the difficulties the Conservatives faced in managing the Welfare State. At this time there were moves by the Conservatives to cut welfare spending. One possible cost cutting measure was to reduce benefits for pensioners. Such measures were always politically risky. This is commented upon with irony in the caption of the cartoon.
"IT SAYS HERE THAT THERE ARE NO MORE CAUSES FOR YOUTH TO FIGHT FOR IN THE WELFARE STATE, MOTHER..."