The Art Of Politics: The April Lockdown Edition

by Richard Bruton

It’s time for another Art of Politics, where we collect together what we’ve seen from the best political cartoonists across the month. And no surprises for what’s dominating things this month?
At the start of the month, it was lockdown everywhere and Covid-19 infection and fatalities were rising through the world. Of course, by the end of the month it was pretty much the same as well.
Anyway, opening the month… Andrzej Krauze on the coronavirus lockdown in Europe…

Of course, some governments around the world handled it far, far better than others. Case in point, here’s Steve Bell on Johnson’s virtual cabinet…

And Steve Bell again on Bozza’s C-virus messaging…

Meanwhile, Britain was on lockdown, with the government’s advice to the populus confusing and difficult… Ben Jennings

Of course, while Boris was in the hospital with Covid-19, the government was held together (barely) by Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary… Steve Bell‘s comment on that one was just perfect…

There are times when political cartoons are funny, and then there are the times when they manage to have immense power. And then there are those that are so on the nose that it’s heartbreaking.
This is one of those. Martin Rowson on the crisis in care homes and the sacrifice of the NHS… and all this published on Good Friday…

Ben Jennings on the UK’s accelerating coronavirus death toll…

And some of the imagery we’ve been seeing through the month has been truly disturbing and out and out weird. Mid-month, Health Secretary Matt Hancock addressed the staff at the pop-up Nightingale Hospital via a giant vid-screen. All those staff, socially distancing in neat rows… the 1984 imagery wasn’t lost on anyone…
Steve Bell on the Ministry of Coronavirus Truth…

Nicola Jennings on life under lockdown…

While Martin Rowson delivers his ideas on the changing face of the British parliament…

Chris Riddell on the public confidence in the leadership…

That’s been the sort of thing that’s been going on in the UK. But, as you might have known if you’ve seen the news at any point in the month, the Donald has been a little bit busy as well…
Steve Bell on Trump vs W.H.O. …

And Martin Rowson on the Donald’s idea of finding a cure…
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And to end this month… Chris Riddell does that beautiful thing he does…

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