Donald Trump and Theresa May dominate at political cartoon of the year awards

Written by James Millar on 24 November 2017 in Culture
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A simple takedown of the Trump regime scooped the big prize

While his successor was handling the Budget fallout former chancellor George Osborne handed out the gongs at the annual political cartoon of the year awards last night.

30 shortlisted entries from a wide range of publications were whittled down to one winner and one runner up. Half of the finalists featured Theresa May in their cartoon, 10 were about US president Donald Trump.

Ben Jennings' Guardian cartoon of the White House altered to incorporate a Ku Klux Klan hood titled 'The White (Supremacist) House' was named cartoon of the year. He said he was "very grateful" for the win.

The runner-up in that category was Bob Moran's picture published in the Daily Telegraph back in March following the incident when an expert on the geopolitics of Korea appeared on BBC News only for his small children to invade the screen. Moran showed Theresa May staring straight ahead while Philip Hammond and Boris Johnson caused mayhem in the background.

Cartoonist of the year was The Times' Morten Morland.

George Osborne has returned political cartoons to the pages of the Evening Standard since he took over as editor. His cartoonist Christian Adams repeatedly and pointedly lampoons Theresa May, who sacked Osborne from the Treasury when she took over as PM in 2016.

Politicos, journalists and cartoonists mingled at the swanky awards ceremony held at St John's Smith Square which was hosted by headhunting firm Ellwood Atfield and run in conjunction with the Political Cartoon Gallery in Putney. Tim Benson, who runs the gallery, joked: "The political cartoon of the year award is decided by the people, personally I think that's a big mistake. As far as I'm concerned letting people vote is tremendously overrated." 

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