Book review: Britain’s Best Political Cartoons

Written by Rod Muir on 1 November 2018 in Culture

Once again, Tim Benson has collected some of the best work by our top satirists.

According to the promotional blub for this year's compendium of Britain’s Best Political Cartoons, 2018 was the year that Brexit got serious, royals got married, football got (briefly) feverish, and Trump got transformed into a giant baby blimp.

Thankfully, Britain’s best satirists were around to turn their eyes and their pens to all these events and more – and much of their best work features in this years title.

When Theresa May played down food shortages in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Christian Adams mocked the prime minister’s stance in his cartoon for the Evening Standard.

Newspapers had reported that the government was planning to stockpile food and medicine in preparation for disruptions to the food supply chain brought about by a hard Brexit, the book notes. But the prime minister said that people should take “reassurance and comfort” from the policy because it showed the government was preparing “for every eventuality”.


Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of Labour’s anti-Semitism row was seized on by Andy Davey for a cartoon in the Telegraph.

According to the cartoonist, while Labour MPs Iain Austin and Margaret Hodge were being investigated over “the growing wave of discomfort”, the Labour leader “seemed to be happily surfing on a small, calm wave of his own, while behind him is a huge tidal wave”.



Alongside Corbyn and May (and Boris Johnson), the other politician getting regular drawn up by British cartoonist in 2018 was Donald Trump.

In the wake of his historic meeting with Kim Jong-Un, the two leaders signed an agreement committing to improve their relationship in accordance with the “desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity”.

As commentators pointed out the remarkable shift in tone from the previous year when Trump had ridiculed Kim as a “rocket man” on a “suicide mission”, cartoonist Gerald Scarfe was also on hand.





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