Prime minister Theresa May’s sudden decision to call a ‘snap’ General Election has produced a result that demonstrated just how profoundly split the UNited Kingdom is after the 2016 EU referendum.
The General Election campaign of 2017 has started, officially.
The Prime Minister has also made a rather inflammatory speech with some large claims.
One image that merits the overused and abused term, iconic, is in the news again because of Brexit.
The acute analysis about ‘Very well, alone‘ offered by Mr Rachman in his column should be supplemented by knowledge of the next cartoon – All alone in the world – displayed by Fougasse aka Kenneth Bird.
Aside from being funny, Bird’s drawing was a more accurate depiction of the reality of late Imperial Britain’s efforts in the last world war – which ended almost seventy years ago.
I argue that in the murky realm of national mythologies these two cartoons occupy positions akin to yin and yang. the epitomy of complementary or conflicting opposites – emotion and reason – pride and pragmatism.
We have long seemed as a nation to have chosen World War Two as our national lodestar and these two pieces of imagery sum up the nation’s conversation with itself as well as anything else I know of.
My own modest efforts at reinterpretaion of Low’s classic are below and are firmly #Brexit related – watching the Conservative Party become UKIP has been a most unedifying watch.
And its consequences following the EU Referendum of June 2016 are becoming ever clearer.
The general election of 2017 has started.
Making: ‘Elections are (usually) unpredictable things’ (#Brexit consequences)
In 2016 there was a gift for everyone.
Confession: I am a lover of black humour.
I was delighted to be asked back to draw at the wonderful and fast-growing Herne Bay Cartoon Festival this year.
I hope you enjoy the following photographs from event photographer Kasia Kowalska which are the better ones in comparison with mine.
That’s me starting work on a big upright board! It’s all very REACH FOR THE SKIES!
The event theme was Postcards from the Beach following the genereally inspiring example of Donald McGill – don’t miss Saucyseasidepostcards.com to find out more about him.
McGill’s postcards were famously a target of the UK censors back in the 1950s probably because of their MASSIVE (geddit?) public popularity. There’s a great link to some of the censored pieces at the McGill Museum (which actually lives on the Isle of Wight – not so far from me in Hampshire.
The town of Herne Bay benefits from a fantastic venue for the event – the Bandstand – as the picture above shows. Every year the promenade gets busier and busier and the crowds in this year, the event’s fourth, were as big as they have ever been. There’s easy access to ice cream, chips and beer and all the other necessities of seaside life so nearly everyone is happy – even when they are being caricatured.
That’s my colleague Rob Murray to the right, enduring the addition of a Glenn Marshall nose at one of the many exhibition opening shows scattered around the town.
Below, you can se the finished Herne Bay board from the first picture in this blog post – and being used by myself and The Surreal McCoy.
Sorry about the hat.
I’ll draw up another post with what I drew and why on another day.
The UK national parliament has a useful aggregation of information about what may happen now with a ‘Brexit’.
Some of the first tangible signs of the economic shock about which the unsuccessful Remain campaign spoke have become obvious in the decline in value of pound sterling against, the US Dollar, the Euro and other currencies.
2016 is also the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme from World War One and hence the cartoon at the top of this post.
You can read about the national experience of the Somme at the UK archives. Personally, I think the euphemisms of the letter sent on July 2nd 1916 by General Sir Douglas Haig are applicable to our own ongoing disaster of ‘Brexit’.