Back Page ‘The Sin’ – North West YC Rag Mag
The battle between the moderate (wet) and right-wing (dry) factions manifested itself under Eric Pickle’s chairmanship of the National YC’s. The moderates unchallenged control of the organisation began with a series of co-ordinated attacks at the Leeds National Advisory Committee against Eric Pickles. Right-winger delegates from the South-East Area led others in questioning the direction of the Young Conservatives.
The factionalism continued with the moderate slate being challenged in the elections for National Officers in the following years.
The North West Area supplanted GLYC as the main bastion of moderate thinking and was a key player in this period. In the 1985, the North West Area launched a rag mag for distribution at the National YC Conference held in February each year and at which hustings for the elections were held. The magazine, called the Sin aimed to influence uncommitted voters, energise the moderate faction and discourage the right-wing.
In the 1985 edition, the Sim targeted the Young Monday Clubbers by focussing on their lack of street fred, which most YC’s found eccentric. Young Monday Clubbers formed the bulk of the organised opposition to the moderates.
By 1989, the nature of the challenge had changed with the influx of libertarian ex FCS members who swung in behind the Young Monday Club. Calling them Loonie libs and playing up the alleged extreme policies of the ex FCS members. The cartoon refers to the right-wingers organisation ‘Young Conservative Initiative’. The Dun Cow Bug’ refers to the right-wing’s bugging activities at the Dun Cow Hotel where the moderate faction where meeting.