It’s tradition at the end of a year to look back at the events that we’ve lived through and I thought this year that I would do so with the use of political cartoons.
It’s amongst the finest of British traditions to poke fun at our leaders and pretty much anyone in authority in a way that perhaps doesn’t happen in other places.
Whilst some, even in this country, can’t stand to see their leaders or people they admire lampooned in any way , I’m not that way at all and having weeded out the obvious figures of derision in North Korea and Russia, here are a selection of cartoons that made me laugh out loud.
The above cartoons are all from January this year and a big theme in British cartoons is of course Brexit. Here Brexit combines with the Oscars with Prime Minister Theresa May not standing any comparison at all with Winston Churchill whilst in the bottom right we see Boris Johnston copying the tactics from the hit film 3 Billboards…
One of the interesting things about cartoons is that they get their point across in an instant without any arguments. Everyone knows what is meant by them whether they agree with your point of view. The above cartoon is broadly speaking how much of the rest of the world thought of American gun policy after the mass shooting from the Las Vegas hotel almost a year ago.
The cartoon above is of Opposition and Labour Party Leader and possible future Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn. For all his merits, Mr. Corbyn has a serious problem with perceived anti-semitism. This cartoon gains inspiration from the favourite hero Lord Nelson who ignored the orders from his superiors by raising his telescope to his blind eye and insisted he couldn’t see anything.
In a bizarre way, Napoleon to British represents the most hated characteristics of anyone, even above Hitler. This cartoon shows President Trump having taken inspiration from the French Bastille Day Parade wanting but failing to create a similar parade at home. This time though rather than the heroic and defiant poses of Napoleon, the President is pictured with his hand fondling himself.
Another cartoon of Jeremy Corbyn above and this one might be my favourite of the whole year. Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t have an anti-Semitic bone in his body because of course here is is portrayed as a Jelly Fish. This has the bonus of showing his lack of spine and decision making which his opponents make capital out of. In fact at this time my favourite political quote came out from Mr. Corbyn of when a video came out from decades ago showing him in the background of an terrorist in North Africa. He told the media that he was present but not involved which I think sums up his leadership very well in deed.
The cartoon above is inspired by the great old comedy The Addams Family. A dysfunctional and scary family, albeit with good intentions. I particularly like Theresa May as Morticia and the hand of Cousin It being Brexit. It’s incredible just how much Savid Javid looks like his cartoon image of Uncle Fester in real life too.
After the Brexit Deal almost immediately began to fall apart, Theresa May went to Austria to gain support from European leaders and the EU. What I love about this cartoon is Jean Claude Junckers at the bottom. Theresa May is depicted as escaping with her Brexit from the clutches of Europe with a very drunk EU Jean-Claude Juncker who seems to spend most of his life drunk at official functions, even seen wearing odd-socks!
There could have been so many other entries, mostly to do with Donald Trump but I liked this one. This goes back to the Salisbury poisonings and the idea that if you trace back the orders for the attack, eventually they go back to President Putin.