The Art Of Politics: Electioneering Time Again

by Richard Bruton

The end of another month here in the United Kingdom… where it’s all election, election, election, election… everything in November has been about Britain’s politicians promising us the world and then slagging off everyone else for lying about promising us the world. Oh, the joy.

And if you wanted one cartoon to sum up the month… this by Morten Morland

Still, at least the lack of Parliament this month has meant they haven’t been able to have the usual endless Brexit votes! No doubt they’ll come after the election. We just cannot wait.

So, without further ado, here’s what the political cartoonists have been up to this month…

Ben Jennings on Nigel Farage announced that he’ll not be losing yet again at this General Election. The difference this time being that the UK’s perennial loser won’t be standing for the eighth time to become an MP. The whole farrago over Farage and the Brexit Party would be funny if it wasn’t so bloody terrible for the country.

And then the fun really started, with a month of promises, promises, promises… beginning with PM Boris promising that the Conservative Party would become the party of the NHS…

Martin Rowson

Ben Jennings on Labour’s policies and Boris’ response.

Brian Adcock on Labour’s pledge to make Broadband free across the UK

Martin Rowson on Boris’ plans for cutting tax rates for small businesses yet leave corporation tax unchanged.

Steve Bell on the release of the Labour Party manifesto.

Nicola Jennings on the release of the Conservative Party manifesto.

Chris Riddell on everyone’s manifesto, Labour, Conservative, and Liberal Democrats.

Over the month, we had various other issues coming out from all the parties, including the disastrous decision from the Conservative Party to alter one of their official Twitter accounts to look and read as a fact-checking account to analyse the Labout Pary manifesto. Here’s Dave Brown on that…

We had the ongoing blow-up of the anti-semitism / the accusations of antisemitism around the Labour Party with the media here having a field day, yet remaining relatively silent on the Islamaphobia of the Conservative Party. But the one thing everyone agrees on is that Labour and especially Jeremy Corbyn just haven’t dealt with the issue well at all… here’s Patrick Blower on that…

There were also a few weather problems around the country with some terrible flooding affecting people across Britain. And yes, of course the politicians were on hand to help…

Rebecca Hendin

In non-election news (incredibly there was some – although technically it’s all election-related in one way or another), the Walter The Softy impersonator Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested the poor souls in the Grenfell Fire should have had some common sense and walked away from the fire by ignoring the fire department telling them to stay put.

Steve Bell suggests exactly what we’re thinking about that and just the sort of walk we’d be interested in seeing Mogg take…

And then there was Prince Andrew. Oh dear. Still, at least he went on national TV and gave an interview to clear the air… no, not one bit. It’s just getting worse and worse for the Royal Spare right now, with his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein coming under scrutiny, the accusations of improper conduct, the denials of sexual contact with teenage girls, the racist comments… but at least he can just retire from public duties and that’s going to be an end to it… well, that’s what you imagine he thinks anyway.

Here’s Ben Jennings on the Epstein friendship…

And Christian Adams on that disastrous TV interview…

Next month… well, we’ve the election to look forward to, more Brexit ridiculousness, probably some high-profile scandals… and Christmas, where peace on Earth will no doubt break out. Whatever happens, expect more great political cartooning!

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