The Art Of Politics: January 2020 – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (But At Least The Passports Can Be Blue Now)

by Richard Bruton

New year, same old nightmare of the world. It’s January 2020, Australia was on fire, Corona virus is doing it’s best impression of the end of Planet of the Apes, President Trump’s being impeached and tried, which might be why he’s so keen on trying to start a war, the sixth in line to the British throne basically quit and moved to Canada, the Labour opposition are having a leadership contest sometime… and, on 31 January, 11 pm, Britain finally leaves the European Union, making all those who voted for Brexit so very happy. Yes, not exactly a quiet month.
So anyway, starting the month we had Henny Beaumont‘s Hostile Climate for Hope – Australia is on fire, the Arctic ice is melting away, and yet there’s little hope of any consensus.

 
Martin Rowson on Trump, Iran and the climate crisis – After the US drone strike killing Iran’s most powerful general, Iran vowed revenge.

And of course, Boris was right there all along… Ben Jennings on Bozza’s input to the US-Iran crisis…

And of course, all the while… it was impeachment time, with the Democratic House impeaching him and sending him for trial at the Republican Senate… on which point, here’s Chris Ridell

Now to Britain… oh boy…
And then there was the Royal Family… oh, Prince Andrew must have been wiping away the sweat with laughter (not that he can sweat of course) as Harry and Meghan decided it was time to walk away from the Royal Family, and in doing so managed to elicit such vitriol that it made it quite obvious just why they wanted to up sticks to Canada…
Martin Rowson on Harry, Meghan and the Iran crisis…

Ben Jennings on Harry, Andrew and royal scandals…

 
Meanwhile, with everything seemingly going wrong, our esteemed Prime Minister decided the best thing would be to start some impossible plan to get the chimes of Big Ben to sound at the moment of Brexit on 31 January – the famous bell is undergoing repairs at the moment and to get the bells to ring was estimated in the hundreds of thousands of pounds… thankfully, it’s not happening. Here’s Steve Bell on that one…

Next up, the Brexit bill finally became law… so we were all ready to leave the EU. Joy. Steve Bell again…

And finally… Friday 31 January… it’s Brexit day…
Steve Bell on Boris Johnson’s Brexit launch…

And Chris Riddell

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