Photos That Shaped British Politics

Although it’s the newspaper headlines and TV coverage that shape the opinions of British politics – it can often be the most casually taken photographs than can turn the tide in the midst of a political maelstrom. Thanks to the 21st century’s sharing culture and the speed of which news services can pick up on trending moments – we’ve never been more in touch with the minutiae of political life. 

Its not always been this way though. These photos, ordered chronologically, each tell a story. From different political leaders, both global and national, these politicians are framed in a moment that informs and suggests a certain context to the viewer.

Victory Day in Britain (1945)


Surrounded by the Royals and the Military leaders that aided him in ‘winning’ the Second World War. There are many iconic photographs of the Big Man, however no other image encapsulates the feverous popularity which he was awarded for leading Britain through one of the bloodiest wars in history.

Special Relationship (2004)


With the Chilcot enquiry being recently published, the furore over Blair and Bush’s incitement of the Iraq War is still a topic of much discussion. However, it’s easy to forget that at the heart of this awful conflict was a Special Relationship between two countries and two men, that sealed the fates of thousands.

Hug A Hoodie (2006)


Part of David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ campaign, his ‘Hug A Hoodie’ concept was dismissed by most as an attempt to pander towards both the lower and middle classes simultaneously. This photo captures the vitriol he caused, a typical young ‘hoodie’ showing his opinions of Mr. Cameron very clear indeed.

Farage At The Pub (2008)


When most people think of Nigel Farage, they think of Right-Wing Politics, Racism and Pints of Ale. Probably the least desirable poster boy for the sale of English Ale, the on again-off again UKIP leader is often photographed drinking in pubs. This early photograph struck a chord with the ‘everyman’ allowing him a brief surge of popularity during the upcoming election.

Bacon Sandwich (2014)


A photo of a man eating a bacon sandwich should not have spelled doom for any Party in a General Election. However, this particularly unfortunate snap had timing and public opinion on it’s side. Already viewed as a rather incapable leader, this photo furthermore led to the building opinion of Miliband as generally inept.