Story: Royal family

Leaving a sinking ship

Leaving a sinking ship

In the mid-1990s the British monarchy was at a low point, and Prime Minister Jim Bolger’s support for a republic prompted comment but no great feeling. In this cartoon, published in 1994, he is portrayed as a rat swimming in an inflated ring marked ‘republic’, leaving a sinking ship called British Systems behind him.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: H-114-008
Cartoon by Laurence Clark ('Klarc')

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Megan Cook, 'Royal family - Changing views of royalty', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/33170/leaving-a-sinking-ship (accessed 19 October 2017)

Story by Megan Cook, published 20 Jun 2012