The Art Of Politics: September – A Month Of Mourning And Other Stories

by Richard Bruton

The Art of Politics, a monthly round-up of the best in political cartooning:

Sometimes the world of political cartooning bends its knee to events going on in the world – case in point… Chris Riddell on the death of Queen Elizabeth II…

 

The Queen is dead, long live the King…

At the grand age of 96, the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, passed away on 8th September 2022 and Prince Charles moved up one in the rankings to become King Charles III.

Meanwhile, a five mile queue – quickly named The Queue – formed in London with up to 24 hours of slow and steady walking to get to view the Queen.

The political cartooning coming out of it has been restrained and as deliberately uncontroversial as possible when covering both the death of the Queen and the ascension to the throne of Charles III…

Morten Morland

Ben Jennings

Martin Rowson

Matt Davies

Ben Jennings on The Queue…

Ben Jennings – will Charles’ reign see him keeping quiet?

Peter Brookes on pen-gate and the pressure on the King…

 

The UK under a compulsory mourning order…

The UK went into complete mourning with the news overwhelmed with filling in the hours with every minute detail of what was going on during the extended mourning period. And at times it felt like it was a compulsory thing to be in mourning, with a crackdown on any sort of anti-Royalist sentiment or protest.

Martin Rowson – on the crackdown on those who don’t happen to be all-in on the compulsory mourning thing…

Seamus Jennings on the blanket coverage of all things funeral…

David Squires‘ football cartoon is always brilliant, but every so often he’ll veer hard right into politics when it impacts on football. And this week… it’s a perfect one…

And finally… first Martyn Turner on The Queue and a winter of discontent…

And then Ben Jennings on the end of the mourning season and the start of the winter of discontent…

 

And in other (minor) British news, meet the new boss, same as the old boss…

Well, at the start of the month we had a new Conservative leader and new Prime Minister. We lost the buffoon that was Boris and gained the as yet we have no clue what she’s going to be yet Liz Truss.

Her first order of business was to meet the Queen and unveil a new energy price cap that means the UK’s energy bills are just horrendous and calamitous for so many people but not quite at the apocalyptic levels we were expecting them to rise to in October and January. But she fell short of actually imposing a windfall tax on the energy companies, meaning that the bill for keeping energy bills lower will fall on every taxpayer in the UK in time.

There’s also the small matter of dealing with a cost of living crisis crippling the country, the pound in freefall, a US trade deal (as promised by Brexit) completely failing to get off the ground, the environmental issue, the ongoing balls-up of Brexit and the disastrous impact it’s having on Northern Ireland… so, yes, just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse…

Terry Anderson

Roger Langridge

Martin Rowson – on Liz meeting Queen Liz…

Chris Riddell

Steve Bell – on LIz’s failure to impose a windfall tax on big energy companies and their billion pound profits…

Nigel Auchterlounie – on the energy crisis…

Nicola Jennings – on the potentially opposing views of an environmentalist King and a PM who immediately overturned the ban on shale gas fracking…

Steve Bell on the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng, and plans to scrap the bankers’ bonus cap…

And Steve Bell again on the flight of the fat cats – all part of Liz Truss’ idea of the levelling up agenda that includes promoting the interests of City bankers…

Peter Brookes – on the same…

Peter Schrank – on the Northern Ireland problem…

Peter Brookes – The US trade deal that wasn’t…

Morten Morland – September’s problem, when there’s work to be done but there’s mourning to be done as well…

Martin Rowson on Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini budget, where the rumours are having it that he released the news early to his banker chums and they made a mint betting against the pound… which promptly went into freefall, achieving near parity with the Dollar…

Chris Riddell on the same…

And Peter Schrank

Morten Morland

Peter Brookes

 

Other news – yes, unbelievably, there was other news…

Ukraine continues to fight and the world remembers peaceful times…

Whilst the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues with Putin’s war looking more and more like the sort of mistake other leaders have made when they went East into Russia in the old days, the world mourned the death of Mikail Gorbechev (30 Aug 2022), a leader that brought something of a peace to the world.

Joep Bertrams

Mike Peters

Morten Morland

Peter Brookes

Peter Brookes

David Rowe

Kal

Pat Chappatte

Matt Wuerker

Chris Britt

Nicola Jennings on Putin’s mobilisation and continued threat to world peace…

Kal on Officials the rigged referendums in four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine.

 

 

And in the USA…

The fight for reproductive rights continues…

The ongoing fight for women’s reproductive rights in the wake of Rowe v Wade’s overturning is polarising the country and seems bound to be a huge issue at forthcoming elections… and there’s a lot of push back leading to Democrats gathering support…

Matt Davies

Bill Bramhall

Ann Telnaes

 

 

Meanwhile… at a court hearing near you, America Made Great Again perhaps?

The month began with President Biden coming out and finally saying it…

“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy… It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something: It’s like semi-fascism.”

Chris Britt

 

And this was in a month where the legal difficulties of the former President and his administration just kept snowballing… the fallout from the FBI raids on Mar-A-Largo with the ‘Special Master‘ appointed and Steve Bannon being indicted in New York to face charges of defrauding donors to ‘We Build the Wall,’ the non-profit that siphoned quite a bit of the $25m raised for a border wall.

Tim Campbell

Ann Telnaes

Matt Wuerker

Bill Bramhall

 

The Immigration issues: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore’… or not.

America does have a short memory when it comes to immigration. And this month we saw some horrendous abuses of migrants coming in through the Southern border with Mexico. Whatever your particular views on US immigration, the act of sending migrants from Republican Texas and Florida to Democratic states is just, as the Atlantic put it, “a sadistic immigration stunt.” But that’s not going to stop them continuing to ship migrants across state lines. (CNN, NYT)

Matt Davies –

Matt Wuerker

 

 

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