No Honesty, No Morales, No Ethics… It’s the November Art Of Politics

by Richard Bruton

Every month the political cartoonists of the world cut to the chase and skewer the powerful more effectively and viciously than any other form of journalism, which is why we bring you the Art of Politics

This month, a relatively quiet month in some ways. After all, we only had the one UK Prime Minister, the world’s richest man showed us just how to royally screw up his latest acquisition, the most morally bankrupt World Cup ever began, and the US saw a General Election and the return of the Trump to run again. Yep, pretty quiet.

Football… the beautiful game???

Let’s start with all the fun of football (or soccer if you insist – I mean, you’re wrong obviously, but if you insist…)

It was time for the World Cup, a glorious celebration of the beautiful game. Well, it used to be – and then FIFA got bigger and bigger and bigger and more and more money poured into the game and into FIFA’s corrupt pockets.

This year it was happening in November and December and it was happening in Qatar. That’s Qatar, the smallest country to ever host a World Cup and a country where they said it would be okay having a summer tournament in hideous heat – until they changed their minds and decided that no, best have it in winter.

Ben Jennings – 

It was the first Muslim country to host the tournament as well, which is absolutely no problem. Well, unless you’re Budweiser, official sponsor, and who’d been promised by FIFA and the Qatar authorities that they would be fine having beer stands at the stadia in a country where alcohol is something that only really gets enjoyed by those who can buy their way past the laws banning alcohol.

Also Qatar who have an atrocious record when it comes to human rights and it’s a country where being LGBTQ+ is a crime. So much for FIFA’s commitment to equality and equal rights. (BBC)

It’s also a country where the treatment of the 300,000+ migrant workers involved in building the stadia and the infrastructure required has been deplorable, leading to thousands of deaths. (BBC)

Nicola Jennings – 

Dave Brown

Peter Brookes – 

David Rowe – 

David Squires

There were going to be some form of protests from several European teams over the human rights abuses and the trampling of LGBTQ+ rights – the captains of various teams were going to be wearing the One Love armband. Well, they were until FIFA told them there would be possible yellow cards over them – and the various football federations backed down. Of course they did.

Morten Morland

 

OVER IN THE USA…

Well, first of all, it was Thanksgiving this month… this from Kal

 

Electioneering a red wave? 

Before the midterm elections where both the Senate and the House of Representatives were up for grabs, it was expected that there was going to be a red wave of Republican wins sweeping the country, particularly in the House. But it didn’t end up that way at all.

However, even with things not being as bad as they could have been, the Democrats still lost their power in the House, meaning that things are going to be mighty difficult for Biden to pass any major policies for the remaining two years of his presidency.

Morten Morland

Morten Morland – 

Tim Campbell

 

Chris Britt – 

Pat Chappatte – 

Kal – 

Dave Brown – 

Peter Brookes – 

 

The next Republican nominee will be…

Well, just after the midterms, we had the least surprising news in the world, as Trumpet threw his hat into the ring for the 2024 US Presidential elections.

The problem is that it does seem as though there’s a little revolution brewing in the ranks and the GOP may not be entirely keen on having the orange one back, with plenty of other Republicans likely to join in the fight for the nomination, including Ron DeSantis, Governer of Florida and man most likely to push Republican politics so far to the right.

Morten Morland – 

Pat Chappatte – 

David Rowe – 

Christopher Weyant – 

Kal – 

Dave Brown – 

And again Dave Brown

Peter Brookes – 

Bill Bramhall – 

Mike Peters – 

Ann Telnaes – 

Matt Wuerker – 

 

Nancy Pelosi under attack…

At the end of October, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s husband was attacked in their CA home by a man looking for her – she was in Washington DC at the time.

Almost as though the hate coming from the more extreme members of the right in the USA actually matters and actually has real-world consequences…

Chris Britt – 

Bill Bramhall – 

Bill Bramhall – 

 

 

 

AND NOW IN UK NEWS…

British politics… it’s a bloody jungle out there…

It’s all recession, inflation, a population shivering to death this winter, and a ruling class who seem perfectly fine with one of their Members of Parliament fucking off to be on a reality TV show. (Forgive the swears but it’s really pissed me off.)

Yes, as everything in the UK goes down, down, down (well, except fuel costs, food prices, and desperation of the masses) one of the country’s representatives, Matt Hancock MP, decided the best way to serve his constituents in this cost of living crisis was to head off to Australia and take part in I‘m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, where ‘stars’ (a few of whom you might actually know) do stupid tasks and live for a few weeks on camera for money.

Matt Hancock, by the way, was the MP who was Health Minister of Great Britain during the time of the pandemic where his lack of swift responses led to thousands upon thousands of deaths.

Rebecca Hendin – on the Matt Hancock thing…

Chris Riddell on Rishi Rich’s own jungle problems…

Ben Jennings – 

Martin Rowson – 

Steve Bell – 

Martin Rowson on the Tory recession hole – and they’re just digging down, down, down…

Ben Chilton on PM Rishi Rich and his problems with the economy…

Ben Jennings

Chris Riddell on Tory gaslighting…

Peter Brookes – 

 

 

In, Out, In… Braverman’s busy month…

In the UK, the Home Secretary is the third of the three high offices of state. Previously held by Priti Patel in Boris Johnson’s government, a woman who made Cruella de Vil look like one of those liberal wimps, Suella Braverman, the current Home Secretary seemingly looked at the vile Patel and, with a cackle suitable for Halloween, screamed ‘hold my beer’.

It was her second crack at the job – her first had come at the end of the Liz Truss era – which seems so long ago right now. Prime Minister Rishi Rich Sunak brought her back into office despite her having resigned after just six weeks for breaking the parliamentary code by sending confidential info through private emails. She’s rather hit the ground running…

Martin Rowson

Peter Brookes – 

 

 

Twit – well, I think that’s what I heard someone call him… could be wrong though…

So, after much to-ing and fro-ing, Tony Stark without the charisma or talent finally took over Twitter. Yes, Elon Musk rolled in and the troubles started…

Nigel Auchterlounie referencing that moment back in 2018 when Musk called one of the divers rescuing the boys soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand a ‘pedo’ after the diver rejected Musk’s offer of a mini-sub as a PR stunt. (Guardian)

Peter Brookes – 

Although at least Elon did manage to do one thing he’d been threatening to do… so dear old Donald Trumpet is back on Twitter now…

David Rowe – 

Bill Bramhall – 

and Bill Bramhall again…

Mike Peters – 

Chris Britt – 

Pat Chappatte – 

 

 

And finally, still going on in Ukraine – 

Again, a dearth of cartoons regarding Ukraine – the fickle nature of news I suppose. But the deaths continue, the risk to peace continues, the need to support democracy continues…

Dave Brown – a powerful homage to Arthur Hughes, a powerful cartoon on Putin…

Pat Chappatte – 

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