The Art Of Politics: July 2020 – Welcome To Bizarro World

by Richard Bruton

More than halfway through the year and the world just gets weirder and weirder, don’t you think? Seriously, just as things couldn’t get any stranger, we get the prospect of President Kanye? Really? What next? Time to take a look through the political cartooning that has documented the latest month of madness… here’s the Art of Politics

Well, here in England, we reopened on 4 July (and then pretty much spent the month regretting it and reversing it).

That’s right, we had our very own Independence Day. Over in the USA, bunting is raised, hot dogs are eaten, and the President poses for photo-ops in front of Mt. Rushmore. Whilst here in the UK, we celebrated by going out to get haircuts and falling down drunk in the streets, obviously maintaining appropriate social distancing and wearing our masks as we did so…

Martin Rowson

Peter Schrank

Brian Adcock

It was also the 72nd birthday of the NHS – perhaps Britain’s best achievement, government funded healthcare for all, paid for by us all and something we should cherish. Boris Johnson, maybe not…

Ben Jennings

So, perfect time for old Bozza to refuse to continue with the free parking deal for nurses, doctors and medical staff at hospitals – yes, we can clap for them all we want, but actually giving them better working conditions and more money in their pockets… oh no.

And then he seemed to suggest that care homes here in Britain hadn’t followed the rules properly and it was their fault that so many older people in those care homes had died…

Steve Bell

But not to worry… the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, unveiled a plan to get Britain spending again, including the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, where us lucky proles will get half-price meals every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at restaurants… up to a staggeringly ridiculous £10 per head.

Yep, £10… that’s what the government think we’re worth. Doff the cap and get out there and be grateful. Sure, there’s this global pandemic that Britain has singularly failed to deal with at every turn, but hey… £10 off!!!

Steve Bell again…

And then we get to the end of the month and we’re locking down again in the North of England…

Martin Rowson

We’ll end this British section with more from Rachael Smith, the wonderfully talented comics maker whose Quarantine Comix we’ve featured here already. The political cartoons you’ve seen thus far all give you a big view, the politics of big politics, the major players. Smith’s Quarantine Comix give us something deeper, something personal, the politics of those affected.

And perhaps never more brilliantly than these couple. Smith lives in the North of England and woke up the other day to the news that the North was going back into some form of lockdown…

And then, the best yet, as Smith tries to navigate the utterly ridiculous new semi-lockdown rules…

In other news…

British socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested and charged with helping her former boyfriend, Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse under-age girls. Prosecutors say Maxwell played a crucial role in helping Epstein identify and groom victims. She denies any knowledge or involvement.

But of course, the new twist in the Epstein case brought the cartoonists out for Prince Andrew, who has been linked to Epstein and Maxwell and the whole scandal.

Morten Morland – referring to the alibi the Prince gave for not having sex with a teenage accuser…

Meanwhile, over in the USA… oh, where to start?

Trump keeps being Trump, even in the face of increasing Covid-19 cases following easing of lockdown restrictions.

Peter Brookes on the about-face on face masks…

Kal jumps onboard with the whole ‘Karen’ thing (a person whose entitlement and demands know no bounds, often including a side of racism – initially limited to women but now pretty much generic for all)

And David Rowe seems to summarise the whole mess – China, Hong Kong, Putin, the 2nd wave…

The Supreme Court ruled that Trump may have to reveal his financial documents… Steve Bell

And then… a major breakthrough… six months into the Covid pandemic and finally- a MASK!!!

Ben Jennings

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