Notre-Dame Fire Restoration Fund/Sackler boycott cartoon

Notre Dame fire restoration fund cartoon

Notre-Dame fire restoration fund/Sackler boycott cartoon.
(Drawn on the night of the fire, before the actual donations controversy that followed.)

15 April 2019.
This is a cartoon that deliberately links two current news stories: the restoration of Notre-Dame cathedral following the devastating fire and the boycotting of funding from the Sackler family charitable trusts.
The cartoon was drawn on the evening of the fire, and predates the controversy about the donations from large businesses that developed in the following days.
The cartoon is primarily about the current controversy in some western societies concerning the assumed ethical standards of the donors who contribute funds to institutions such as art galleries and religious buildings.

The Sackler family are major benefactors to many institutions. Only a week ago I was in Westminster Abbey in London where I noticed their name on a recently restored stained glass window to which I assume they had contributed funding.
However, the Sackler family own Purdue Pharma, a company that produces the prescription painkiller OxyContin that is said to be addictive. Thus there are calls to boycott any charitable funding offered by the Sackler family.
Of course the Sackler family are far from being the only donors to charitable causes who may be involved in supposedly tainted money. It could possibly be argued that any organisation that had enough money to distribute in such lavish ways must have come about it by somewhat dubious means, depending on one’s standards.
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The psychology of special offers – cartoon

cartoon - a misleading special offer in a supermarket

A joke showing people being deceived by a special offer in a shop.

The customers see a sign with the special offer of “Two for the price of Three’ and they automatically think that this is a good deal due to the way that the offer is framed (interpreting it in the same way as “Two for the price of three”).
A cartoon about marketing, persuasion, selling, manipulation, misleading offers.

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How to ignore inconvenient truths.

cartoon - television programme about tv manufacturing

A TV viewer wanting to ignore the evidence in a television programme as it would make him uncomfortable.

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A cartoon depicting a person ignoring an inconvenient truth. (The cartoon doesn’t actually imply that all televisions are manufactured in exploitative sweatshop conditions – the use of a tv in the cartoon is because the tv in the image is, ironically, the conduit for the information to be made available).

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Exploitation of factory workers in the developing world

cartoon - toy factory workers being paid toy money

Factory workers in the developing world manufacturing consumer goods for the west, and being exploited.

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The cartoon shows a worker in a toy factory being paid with toy money.

Factory workers in the developing world may actually be paid at a fare wage in terms of the local economy, however there is a complex dynamic of exploitation at work, involving working conditions, safety levels, working hours and more.
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Bankers’ salary and bonus cartoon

banker's salaries and bonuses cartoon

Investment bankers’ bonuses and pay joke

Investment banking humour

Showing a banking job interview.

The interviewer is asking “What is it that attracts you to a career in investment banking?”
A cartoon about the bonus culture in banking and the ethics of banking

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Bankers’ bonuses cartoon

banking cartoon - bankers bonus

Cartoon about bankers’salaries

Illustrating the contempt felt by sections of the public for bankers and other workers in the financial sector who earn enormous salaries with even larger bonuses

The joke in the cartoon is the tautology or circularity in the justification by the banker of his high salary.

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Economics cartoon

finance or economy cartoon

Economy cartoon

A cartoon about finance and economic matters, showing a graph with a banker, businessman or entrepreneur balancing on a unicycle on the graph. The wheel is a coin, symbolising money and financial issues.

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Bank computer malfunction cartoon

bank computer malfunction cartoon

A joke about bank computer failures

A joke about the computer glitches that affect banking systems and other large organisations

The image shows a bank customer withdrawing money from a cashpoint (ATM) and tentacles coming out of the cashpoint to engulf her.
An onlooker is saying “Looks like another computer glitch!”
Cartoon about banking, I.T., Nat West, RBS computer glitch, banking computer systems

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China exports and productivity – cartoon

 china exports and productivity

Cartoon – China productivity and exports

A cartoon about China’s dominance in the global economy and manufacturing

An illustration showing a globe with a label “Made in China” on it

A cartoon about economics, exports, globalisation

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Scientific research funding cartoon

scientific research funding cartoon

Cartoon about the cost of scientific research

A cartoon showing a rocket, labelled ‘Research’ being launched and then stalling after lift off.
The trail of the rocket forms the shape of a £ sign to indicate that the research is ‘powered’ by funding. The implication is that there isn’t enough funding to keep the research in the air

A cartoon about the financing of scientific research projects
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Scientific research project budgets – cartoon

scientific research budget cuts cartoon

Scientific research project budgets – cartoon

A cartoon to illustrate articles about cuts in budgets for scientific research.

The cartoon shows research funding going to a research project that monitors the effects of the cuts in research funding.
The cartoon shows an astronomical observatory that has been closed down due to lack of finance.
This cartoon was originally drawn to illustrate an article in the BBC magazine Knowledge
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US recession cartoon – dollar sign as weakest link in a chain

dollar sign as weakest link in a chain holding the economy - cartoon

US economic crisis cartoon
A dollar sign as the weakest link in a chain that is holding the US economy

A cartoon about the US economy and the weakness of the dollar – showing a dollar sign as a link in a chain.

The dollar sign is the weakest link in the chain.
The image is also about the fiscal cliff threatening the US economy in the new year of 2013, possibly making the US economy fall into recession.
A political cartoon about finance, the economy, financial links, currency, burdens on the economy

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US economy cartoon. The dollar as the weakest link

dollar sign as weakest link in chain - illustration

US economic crisis cartoon
A dollar sign as the weakest link in a chain

A cartoon about the US economy and the weakness of the dollar – showing it as a weak link in a chain.
The cartoon is also about the fiscal cliff threatening the US economy in the new year of 2013, possibly making the US economy fall into recession.

The number of links in the chain can be increased on request to make a longer chain
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Fiscal cliff cartoon – the US economy attached to a falling dollar sign

fiscal cliff - car and dollar sign - cartoon

Fiscal cliff cartoon
Cartoon of the US economy attached to a falling dollar sign

A political cartoon or editorial cartoon about the fiscal cliff that is threatening the US economy, possibly making the US economy fall into recession.
Cartoon showing a US dollar sign attached to a car’s tow bar, and dangling over a cliff edge (the fiscal cliff)

The car is being driven by Uncle Sam.
The cartoon shows the dollar sign dragging the car towards the edge of the cliff (as the falling dollar drags the US economy into recession).
The illustration is drawn in such a way that there’s a chance that the car might just about be able to turn things around and drag the dollar sign back up
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Fiscal cliff cartoon – road warning sign

fiscal cliff warning road sign cartoon

Fiscal cliff cartoon
Falling rock warning road sign as fiscal cliff warning sign – cartoon

A cartoon about the fiscal cliff that is threatening the US economy, possibly making the US economy fall into recession.
The cartoon is of a US road warning sign based on a falling rock warning sign, with US dollar signs falling instead of rocks. A person is being hit by the dollar signs

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Globalisation cartoon – a company logo featuring the earth

globalisation one world motto cartoon

Globalisation and corporate power cartoon

A company logo featuring the earth.
Many companies and corporations attempt to convey a green or environmentally friendly image by featuring images of the earth on their packaging, literature or promotional material
This cartoon shows a company that is using a globe on their corporate logo as a public relations exercise in projecting environmental awareness, while the globe also has the secondary meaning of the company’s global market domination

The company motto is being discussed. Should it be “One World” or “All ours”?

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Economy cartoon – balancing on a declining economy graph

Economy graph cartoon - unicycle with coin wheel

Economics graph cartoon – balancing on a declining economy

A financial graph cartoon showing a businessman or banker on a unicycle trying to balance on the plunging line of the graph as a financial recession occurs

A cartoon about the recession, double dip recessions, balance of trade, finance, money, credit crunch, economics

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Euro crisis graph – editorial illustration

downward graph euro illustration

Eurozone financial crisis graph – editorial illustration

A downward graph with a euro coin bouncing down the slope of the graph during the euro financial crisis.
An illustration of the global recession.

An editorial illustration about finance, and the eurozone financial crisis.

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Global financial crisis graph – editorial illustration

downward financial graph cartoon

Editorial illustration about financial recession – downward graph with a globe bouncing down the slope of the graph.

An illustration about the world financial crisis.

An editorial illustration about global finance, world recession and global crisis in general

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The accompanying page design is a suggestion of how the image could be used.

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UK planning regulations to be relaxed to stimulate the economy – cartoon

planning regulations to be relaxed cartoon

UK planning regulations relaxed – cartoon

In an attempt to kick start the economy, the UK government plans to relax planning regulations, meaning that more building work can be carried out without planning permission

This sounds a bit like a goldrush for cowboy builders to me, with jerry-built extensions and conservatories springing up everywhere

A cartoon about the economic recession, austerity, Keynesianism, building regs

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Euro bailout fund cartoon. Euro crisis cartoon

euro crisis bailout fund cartoon

An editorial illustration about the euro bailout fund and the eurozone debt crisis.

Editorial illustration for the euro bailout fund and the euro crisis

The euro symbol as a sinking boat taking in water, with someone bailing it out
A political cartoon or financial cartoon about the economy, the eurozone debt crisis, the debt in the euro zone, European monitory system.
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Euro crisis cartoon. The euro symbol as a broken harp

euro crisis broken harp cartoon

An editorial illustration about the eurozone debt crisis.
Euro crisis cartoon. The euro symbol as a broken harp.

Editorial illustration for the euro crisis, showing the euro sign as a harp with broken strings

A political cartoon or financial cartoon about the economy, the eurozone debt crisis, the debt in the euro zone, European monitory system.

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Barclays Bank chairman resigns cartoon

barclays chairman resigns cartoon

Barclays chairman Marcus Agius resigns as the chairman following the libor inter-bank lending rate-fixing scandal

Cartoon about the scandal of banks rigging the libor rates to their own advantage.

Barclays Bank accused of “systematic dishonesty”.
Cartoon about financial malpractice and institutional corruption

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Bankers’ pay cartoon. Morality of banking

bankers pay dollar sign painting

Banker’s bonus cartoon

Joke about bankers’ salaries

Cartoon showing a job interview in a bank.

The interviewer is asking “What is it that attracts you to a job in banking?”
On the wall of the bank is a gigantic picture of a dollar sign.
A cartoon about bankers’ bonuses, and the bonus culture, the ethics of capitalism and corporate greed

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Banking cartoons – bankers’ bonuses

bankers robbers cartoon

Cartoon depicting bankers as bank robbers

A bank scandal cartoon – about the moral crisis in banking, evidenced by such incidents as the libor interest rigging scandal

Showing a banker as a thief, robbing from the public (or elsewhere).
The illustration represents a banker’s attitude to the public (The manipulation of the libor rate to the bank’s advantage meant that many customers had to pay more for their mortgages amongst other things).

A member of the public is shouting at the running banker “Stop thief!”
The joke is that the robber is running into the bank, whereas usually robbers are running out of banks.
Barclays Bank accused of “systematic dishonesty”.
Cartoon about finance, financial institutions, financial malpractice and institutional corruption

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Barclays Bank interest rate rigging cartoon.

Barclays Bank interest rigging scandal cartoon

Barclays bank interest rigging scandal cartoon

An illustration about the scandal of Barclays Bank and other banks rigging the libor rates to their own advantage.

Showing a Barclays Bank logo defecating on the head of a customer.
The cartoon represents Barclays Bank’s attitude to its customers (The manipulation of the libor rate to the bank’s advantage meant that many customers had to pay more for their mortgages amongst other things).

Did Bob Diamond know about the practice of rigging the libor rate?
Barclays Bank accused of “systematic dishonesty”.

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Banker cartoon

cartoon - bank thieves operate in this area

Banking cartoon
Barclays bank interest rigging scandal

The scandal of traders at Barclays Bank and other banks manipulating the libor rates to their own advantage.

Gag cartoon showing a bank with a sign outside it reading “Warning. Thieves operate in this area”

Did Bob Diamond know about the practice?
Are bankers thieves?
Barclays Bank accused of “systematic dishonesty”.
A humorous comment about finance, financial institutions, banking corruption and libor rigging

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Spain economic crisis – Spanish bank needs propping up – Bankia cartoon

spain bank bankia propped up cartoon

Cartoon about the Euro crisis in Spain.
The bailout of the Spanish bank Bankia – cartoon

Cartoon about the financial crisis in Spain, showing the fact that the bank Bankia needs propping up.

The joke in the cartoon is that the building that houses the headquarters of the Bankia bank is of an unusual architectural design, appearing to lean over dramatically.
The cartoon shows a person taking a photograph of another person who is standing so that in the photo he looks as though he is propping up the tower that is the hq of Bankia. This is a direct reference to what tourists do when they are standing near to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

As well as being a straightforward joke about the leaning tower, the cartoon also has the more serious underlying point in that it asks whether the support given to Bankia will be effective, and whether the effectiveness in holding back the possible collapse of the euro currency will be illusory (shown by the illusion of the man holding up the bank in the photo).
A cartoon about the euro crisis, bank bailouts, struggling economy, banking debt.

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