Jim Bloggs is a cleaner
in the council toilets, but he dreams of a better life.
When he attempts to advance those dreams he finds his way blocked
bureaucratic red tape and, eventually, he winds up in court charged with
The Working Class revolution starts here! - Jim and
Hilda Bloggs represent
the Worker Ant toiling against the will of the authorities. And the authority
on display here are presented as ridiculous geometric caricatures. The
Warden is faceless, just a nose and small fascist moustache beneath his
Likewise the Council Inspector with his beak nose and bowler hat.
at the climax, there's the Judge depicted for most panels as
a sharp beak
nose protruding from a barrister's wig...
This is all in complete contrast to Jim and the friendlier people he encounters,
with their round rosy cheeks and carefully observed mannerisms...
Jim and Hilda Briggs are, in fact, representations of Raymond Briggs'
parents, Ethel and Ernest.
The tactic worked so well that the author cleverly
brought them back in a harrowing nuclear sequel, When
The Wind Blows.