The Art Of Politics: March Brings War, War, And More War (Conflict Even Made It To The Oscars)

by Richard Bruton

If a picture can paint a thousand words, then a great political cartoon can do even more – and that’s why we round up the best political cartooning of the month here in the Art Of Politics.

Dave Whamond sums up not just the month but the last couple of years…

And Steve Breen sums up the wonderful transition we’ve had from pandemic to war…

Yes, it was a month of war, war, more war, plus political mudslinging from all the usual suspects, and to top it all off at the end of the month, we had that slap that was heard around the world at the Oscars…

War, Huh, What Is It Good For?

As you’d expect, the war in Ukraine dominated pretty much everything in political cartooning this month.

Chris Riddell

Ben Jennings

Martin Rowson

Steve Bell

Brian Adcock

Peter Brookes

Martin Rowson

Nicola Jennings

Henry Beaumont

Ben Jennings

Mike Peters

Morten Morland

Ukraine resistance has been stronger than Putin thought…

The Paddington connection – Dave Whamond

Tim Campbell

Brian Adcock

John Darkow

Ann Telnaes

Peter Schrank

Chemical weapons a Russian speciality…

Putin’s got history for chemical weapons, after all… particularly when it comes to assassinations.

Chris Riddell

The refugee problem. Or more specifically, Britain’s refugee problem…

There’s also been plenty of cartooning around Britain’s response to the wave of refugees; a shameful barrage of red tape and prevarication. Whilst Europe opened its arms to those in need, Britain put up barrier after barrier, until they came up with the idea of giving everyone taking in a refugee £350.

Compare and contrast what Peter Schrank draws about Europe and what others draw about Britain…

Morten Morland

And more Morten Morland

Christian Adams

Dave Brown

Steve Bell

Dave Brown

And this seems a perfect time to mention something I heard attributed to Alexei Sayle (one of Britain’s great comedians and a speaker of truth) on Priti Patel, the UK’s Home Secretary – he described her as “The kind of woman who’d unplug your life support system to charge her phone.” Yep, that’s about right.

Ben Jennings on the £350 gift for taking in refugees…

And then there’s the whole money issue…

Britain and Russian money – oh, it’s all been complicated and getting more complicated. Dirty Russian money has found a home in London and with the Tory Party for many, many years…

Brian Adcock

Peter Brookes

And Peter Brookes once more…

And Peter Brookes again – this time on the problems at Chelsea Football Club and Roman Abramovich…

Venal British Business and Politics – heads in the trough as usual…

So, while Europe worried about Russia oil continuing, the triumphant leader of British politics, Boris Johnson, took to the completely not a problem ethically Saudi Arabia to push for more fuel…

Martin Rowson

Morten Morland

And in a perfect summation of something that couldn’t have happened if Brexit hadn’t happened and we hadn’t left Europe here in the UK, P&O Ferries sacked 800 staff overnight and attempted to bring in below minimum wage replacements from elsewhere…

Steve Bell

Morten Morland

And whilst we’re on the subject of Brexit, Boris Johnson also made the absolutely ridiculous and awful comparison of the Ukranians fighting Russia with the British people’s brave decision to leave the EU.

Steve Bell

Ben Jennings

Over in the USA – War bad, gas prices worse?

As you’d expect, a lot of the US-specific cartooning has been war-focused, with a healthy dose of uproar over the rising gas prices…

Chris Britt

Phil Hands

Bill Bramhall

Matt Davies

But there’s also been a fair few playing compare and contrast with what’s happening in Ukraine and those bemoaning a loss of freedom due to rules and regulations –

Matt Davies

Kal

The War – On Women & LGBTQ+

So, while the world burns and freedom is celebrated when it comes to talking about Ukraine, various parts of the USA are doing everything they can to limit the freedoms of women and the LGBTQ community.

Legislation introduced in Texas denied gender-affirming medical care for transgender young people, equating it with child abuse, with Governor Greg Abbott telling medical staff and the public they should report those trans-youth who were receiving care. and telling family and protective services to investigate parents of trans-youth who supported their children getting gender-affirming care. Yes, monstrous, isn’t it?

Then there’s Florida’s whole abhorrent ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law in schools (horribly reminiscent of Britain’s Clause 28 laws in effect from 1988 to 2003).

Ann Telnaes

Bill Bramhall

And then there’s the attack on women’s reproductive rights happening across many states through the USA. The latest one being Missouri lawmaker Mary Elizabeth Coleman introducing a provision that would let private citizens sue anyone helping Missourians in getting an abortion out of state.

Ann Telnaes

A Jackson in the Supremes…

The confirmation hearings for new US Supreme Court appointee, Ketanji Brown Jackson happened through March and it was the usual story, with Republicans employing all manner of shite against her… ridiculous and frankly insulting questions for someone of her qualifications.

Bill Bramhall

Deb Milbrath

Mike Lester

And then there were the Oscars…

Yes, the slap that was heard around the world as Will Smith took umbridge about Chris Rock’s joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s alopecia. It was a bad joke, too personal, cruel, and nasty from a man who undoubtedly knew that Pinkett-Smith was suffering from alopecia. The response… that was bad as well, of course – it’s a no-win situation for all involved.

Ben Jennings

Chris Britt

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