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Did Spitting Image damage David Steel?

Lord David Steel. Photo courtesy of http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/36/David_Steel,_October_2007.jpg - some rights reserved
The question of what political impact Spitting Image really had has been in the news again recently. It’s always been particularly interesting for former members of the Liberal Party, with many believing that the portrayal of David Steel as being in David Owen’s pocket seriously damaged the party. Not all who believe that think it was unfair, for Steel had plenty of internal critics who believed the portrayal was damaging because it so close to the truth.

An interesting snippet of evidence on this came my way recently when reading another old copy of Liberator. Number 157 from 1986 reported:

The Liberal Parliamentary Association recently commissioned research among 20-30 year old voters in key marginals, which among other things sought to discover their main sources of political information. Television was the winner, with about one quarter naming Spitting Image as their main political viewing.

All of which is just an excuse to listen to this:

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