M&C Saatchi: stuck in a time warp

So there I was, sipping champagne on the veranda with Lord Ashcroft and enjoying my early retirement, when the call came through: Cameron’s so desperate that he sacked his old agency and hired M&C Saatchi.

Believe me, I was tempted to return to the spoofing game. I even wrote an article. But fortunately, as soon as the latest Tory attack ads appeared, other were quicker off the mark – saving me the trouble. Kudos, in particular, to Jon Bernstein in the New Statesman for highlighting the first spoofs earlier today. Here are four I particularly admired – spread them far and wide.

Tory poster spoof 4

By alienfromzog

Tory poster spoof 1

By kreuzberg_36

Tory poster spoof 2

By Tom Freeman

Tory poster spoof 3

By RobinKRS (adapted by MyDavidCameron)

Paul Richard’s LabourList article, Saatchi? What a waste of money!, is also well worth a read.

And now that my drinking partner is starting to eye me suspiciously, I must add that I most vigorously condemn the sticking of these over Tory billboards:

Printed and promoted by Lord Ashcroft of Belize

Large-format PDF version

Posted 28 March 2010, 22.22pm.



These are amusing, but I do worry that people get caught in the wrong debate - the Tories want a comparison of Brown and Cameron, Labour want a comparison of policies.

Though, of course, enough of this, and you follow the Rove tactic of making the greatest asset into the biggest problem. If this happens to Cameron, then I guess that’s a good thing - in so far as Labour aren’t quite as bad as the Tories.



Posted by Adam Ramsay at 02:13am on 29 March 2010

Your right Adam.

There’s a real difference between Labour and the Tories and it’s Policy vs Posters.

Labour will win this year.

Posted by Andrew McKay at 02:21am on 29 March 2010

“I stole Maggie’s phone and used her speed dial vote for me”

“I have no policies but lots of advertisers, vote for me”

The possibilities are endless with this one. Look forward to the template.

Posted by Alex at 04:53am on 29 March 2010

These spoofs are brilliant.  This is the best way to counteract the millions the Tories are throwing at their Cam pain.  At our local hustings last week, the Tory candidate said that Ashcroft’s moneyamounted to one percent of Conservative Party donations.  How rich does that make them then?  Keep up the good work and make us smile.  Labour are the only real alternative in this election.

Posted by Gail Court at 10:22am on 29 March 2010

What about a poster with the Caption

‘Know your Place’  - Vote Conservative

Maybe with the backdrop of the famous Bullingdon photo or a duck pond even.

Nice and short and to the point me thinks

Posted by Robin Taplin at 12:59pm on 29 March 2010

On the launch of the Tory posters, I heard Sky News yesterday reporting that Conservative campaign strategists had said that their greatest asset in the fight to win the general election is the public’s dislike of Gordon Brown.

If that’s all they’ve got, they truly are lost.

Posted by Mark at 04:31pm on 29 March 2010

“What about a poster with the Caption

‘Know your Place’  - Vote Conservative”

I think you’re right Robin.

I will send one to mydavidcameron.com - how about the famous two Ronnies sketch on class with Ronnie C, Ronnie B and John Cleese?


Posted by alienfromzog at 04:47pm on 29 March 2010


Posted by shane adams at 05:34pm on 29 March 2010

Tory policy - Cuts in services for the many, to fund cuts in taxation for the few. “To them that have shall be given. From them that have not, shall be taken away”

Posted by Mary Lockhart at 05:36pm on 29 March 2010

How about ” I know nothing else but making beautiful posters , vote for me”

Posted by sean at 06:09pm on 29 March 2010


Posted by john catton at 07:07pm on 29 March 2010

No need need for policies David!!! we two Davids were born to rule, went to a public school,we will walk into power.

Posted by Ronald Redfern at 07:23pm on 29 March 2010

these are all very funny, and its true there is a lot wrong with cameron and the conservative campaign- but anyone who thinks labour are better need to be sectioned under the mental health act. “We’ve been in for 12 years and stil blame the tories- vote for us” theres one for you

and by the way, Im a liberal so forget the PR man in blue and shame on the whole labour party

Posted by Jack at 11:24pm on 29 March 2010

Lamont and Cameron

“last time I ran the economy”


Posted by Graham at 01:12am on 30 March 2010

Come on Jack you are a Tory, don’t try to hide behind the Lib/Dems at least have the courage to stand by your party, Oh I forgot you’re a Tory, forget that remark.

Posted by Malcolm Neeves at 08:42am on 30 March 2010

Latest Tory Spoof Posters created today 30th March
MUST SEE!!! http://tinyurl.com/y8w2qp9

Posted by BobaJob at 12:45pm on 30 March 2010

Lamont was actually the best chancellor of the last 20 years. He presided over one of the best periods of economic growth the country has seen.

This website is hilarious, and I commend the sense of humour—but totally blind frothing at the mouth with prejudice. When the tories hit a recession its economic complacency with labour its some kind of world event that we cant affect. You are like some partizan football crowd, its just deeply sad.

P.S. If the best comment you lot can make is about Dave being posh then that just smacks of desperation. I went to a public school (not saying which one for privacy) then Brasenose College Oxford a la Dave and I can tell you from my personal experience that does NOT make you out of touch with reality.

Posted by Dear Graham et al at 04:39pm on 30 March 2010

P.S. how on earth have you made it look like its George Osbourne’s fault that on the increase the national debt—thats just hilarious. True debt has to increase in a recession, but the Labour Government had 10 good years to decrease it, so its unacceptable that it has doubled since 97.

Posted by Dear Graham et al in addition at 04:42pm on 30 March 2010

HMMMM please try to keep Lamont out of the debate lol, he put all my hard cash to bed the last time a tory had hold of no 11,I just couldn’t believe it when interest rates went up over night to 16% oh and by the way he did’nt happen to go to a bublic school did he? if so ask him if he knew a lad called Osborne,(the one that used to add up on his fingers)      every time i think of Osborne running the economy I have to laugh.

Posted by Ronald Redfern at 06:26pm on 30 March 2010

Do you think we are going to let them get their little dirty paws on our countrys economy?
                                Well we are not…...(SIMPLES)

                                    VOTE LABOUR.

Posted by Ronald Redfern at 07:11pm on 30 March 2010

Hang the economy, hang the bankers, hang the politicians and hang the next parliament

******* VOTE FOR A NON LABOUR OR CON(artists) PARTY INSTEAD ! ********

Let democracy through negotiation thrive, not dictatorship through a medieval electoral system!

Posted by Greg Dance at 08:08pm on 30 March 2010

Following your inspiration, Robin.


Hope you like it.


Posted by alienfromzog at 02:54am on 31 March 2010

I couldn’t help myself…




Posted by Jules at 05:09am on 31 March 2010

Come on if you want to talk about the countries debt just remember all those things (nationalised) the last Conservative gov’t sold off to keep the economy in tact. How would they have run the country without out that money. It would have meant a bigger national debt or more taxes.

I will not go on about interest rates or inflation though, ahh but wait a minute, they are the result of an economical cycle are they not? We are always told we follow the US in terms of economics; what party was in power when we went into recession, um, ah yes the American version of our Conservative party!!!!

I would like a hung parliament myself, we as a country need a year or so breathing space until this recession is well and truly over….and then start it all over again!

Posted by Drabdavid at 11:33am on 31 March 2010

Graham you wouldn’t know if you were out of touch with reality.

Posted by R REDFERN at 01:17pm on 31 March 2010

R REDFERN… Take it that poster hurt! Ouch! Spot on though.

Posted by Graham at 06:57pm on 31 March 2010

Dear Graham et al,

By that token, the Tories quadrupled the national debt when last in Government.

From £88.6 billion in 1978-79 to £347.2 billion before you can hypocritically cry “money illusion”.

Posted by Sevillista at 12:03am on 1 April 2010

Why does Brown always stick his tongue in his cheek when talking to camera?

Posted by john newman at 02:13am on 1 April 2010

Brown always sticks his tongue in his cheek because…..

Posted by BobaJob at 10:52am on 1 April 2010

LABOUR did reduce the national debt to 29% by 2000,  what went wrong?  it seems to have gone back up when those two bloody wars started, and we increased NHS spending to just under 9% GDP. I’m all for increase NHS Spending.

Posted by mike at 01:18pm on 1 April 2010

The last person before Cameron to say he was a “Compassionate Conservative” on his campaign trail was ex US president George W Bush. Get it!!

Posted by Harry Silver at 04:04am on 2 April 2010

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