The Art Of Politics – February

by Richard Bruton

Well, after the chaos of Brexit on 31 January… the world didn’t end. Who’d have thought it? Although, in truth, the fact the UK is going to be transitioning out of the EU over the next year means it was never going to be ripping the plaster off quickly. More like that slow and increasingly chaotic descent into hell.

Anyway, it’s the Art of Politics, celebrating the best of political cartooning, with a very British perspective…

So, February… post-Brexit in the UK, post impeachment in the USA, Coronavirus spreading around the world, climate crisis on everyone’s minds, a fair bit of Britain underwater, the surprise resignation of the Chancellor… yeah, pretty quiet really…

One from the very end of January first, with Martin Rowson on Boris Johnson’s Brexit day celebrations…

Chris Ridell on the same… as Bozza and Dominic Cummings contemplate their masterplan…

Martin Rowson on Boris’ threats to walk away from the EU without bothering to do that whole pesky deal thing…

Meanwhile, Steve Bell on Bozza’s promise to take urgent action on the climate crisis

Over the pond, the inevitable happened… Steve Bell on the trial of Donald Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell

And then there was Trump being Trump at the State of the Union address, complete with a support slot from Nancy Pelosi – Peter Brookes

And whilst politicians did political things, Corona virus went global… Martin Rowson on China’s reaction and the secrecy involved…

Peter Brookes on the same…

Although, as Nicola Jennings points out, it’s not just Coronavirus causing headaches from China, as Bozza opens up a bit of the 5G infrastructure up to Huawei… much to Pres Trump’s displeasure…

The surprise news in UK government came with the Cabinet reshuffle, although Chancellor Sajid Javid wasn’t meant to be one of them… all Bozza & his Chief Special Advisor (think Emporer and Darth Vader perhaps?) wanted Javid to do was fire all his advisors and be drawn into the machiavellian underbelly of Number 10… Javid resigned and now, in one of the faster career paths of recent times, Rishi Sunak became Chancellor of the Exchequer. Or, as Martin Ronson points out… just another Cummings/Bozza puppet…

One of Cummings’ latest targets is dear old auntie Beeb, the BBC, British Broadcasting Company. Now, if you’re somewhere in the USA, all you know of the BBC might be the never-ending repeats of Star Trek: Voyager on BBC America, or 30-year-old sitcoms running on PBS. However, the BBC is something far more than that, a broadcaster making great television and radio, a powerful news agency, and all running without ads, funded by a licence fee payable per household. It’s flawed, it’s often wrong, but it’s also a magnificent thing. Naturally, the government seem to hate it…

Ben Jennings on that one… mixing in the Brexitian ‘take back control’ guff as well…

As we got deeper into February, Britain got deeper underwater, with every week seeming to bring another big storm overwhelming a number of flood defences.

Meanwhile Bozza, who does love a good infrastructure project, is still banging on about the bridge across the Irish Sea (something no-one, absolutely no-one believes is going to happen) and is throwing £106 billion (that’s £106,000,000,000 – roughly to build 200 hospitals) at the HS2 rail project, although seeing that was initially meant to be £56 billion, God knows what it will be when it finally gets here.

Anyway, where were we? Oh yes, Martin Rowson on flooding and Bozza bridges…

And Morten Morland

And as well as threatening to deport anyone called Dennis (a dig at Storm Dennis), that nice lady there, Auntie Priti, or Home Secretary Priti Patel, has a plan to sort out both immigration and employment. The idea is to establish a points-based system for entry into the UK for EU nationals. When pressed over this, with people wondering just how this would affect such minor things as farming, social care, and other industries relying on immigrant workers, her response was that it would be possible to use the 8.5 million ‘economically inactive people in the UK to fill the jobs.

Except, those 8.5 million include students, carers, retirees, sick, looking after families. So, no Auntie Priti… that’s not going to work. Unless you start drafting the students in their summer vacations to start picking the crops rotting in the fields due to the EU labour shortage.

Anyway, Steve Bell

And Martin Rowson on the same… to the tune of the Sex Pistols…

Anyway, there’s no risk of anything bad happening when the government start forcing people into work surely? Hmm… tell that to the 69 people who a government watchdog found committed suicide in relation to benefit claims… Steve Bell on that…

Anyway, with the news towards the end of the month that the global economy took a Coronavirus related hit to the tune of $6 trillion wiped off global stocks, maybe we’ll all be looking for work picking fruit in the fields?

 

Martin Rowson

Next month… things will most likely be getting worse… but we’ll still be here to tell you all about it. Keep safe, try to stay positive, it’s going to get better sometime, right?

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