Green vote cartoon

green vote cartoon

An illustration or cartoon about the green vote

A cartoon about the vote for environmental political parties and parties that have an environmental agenda

The cartoon shows a leaf from a tree falling into a ballot box, representing the green vote.

An illustration about democracy, the green movement, the green party, elections, ballots, ballot boxes.

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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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Cartoon: the popular press and serious news

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Cartoon: press manipulation of news

A cartoon showing the popular tabloid press overshadowing and obscuring serious news stories and reporting.

The public cannot see the important news stories because they are hidden behind the trivia of the pop press.

This cartoon isn’t so much a criticism of the popular tabloid press as an observation of how things are. I usually find myself reading the ‘human interest’ stories in newspapers when I think that I really ought to be reading more weighty articles. It’s what we find interesting.

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Tiananmen Square protester cartoon – photographing conflicts

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Tiananmen Square protester cartoon – taking a photo of the tanks

Cartoon about the phenomenon of civil unrest, conflicts and protests being photographed and filmed by civilians using their mobile phones and digital cameras

At the time of the Tiananmen Square protest the technology to record the protest digitally did not exist.
It is now not uncommon for riots, battles and massacres to be filmed or recorded and to be posted on web sites such as Youtube
This cartoon first appeared in BBC Knowledge magazine

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Questioning authority – illustration

questioning authority cartoon

Questioning authority – cartoon.
A student questioning the authority of a lecturer

Cartoon showing a lecture on politics authority

A joke about authority, questioning, totalitarianism, anarchy, anarchism, authority figures

The joke is that the student is questioning the authority of a lecturer who is telling the audience to question authority.
This illustration first appeared in BBC Knowledge magazine

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Egypt election cartoon – ballot box balanced on pyramid – Egypt’s future in the balance

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A political cartoon or editorial illustration about the 2012 election in Egypt.
Is the arab spring now turning sour?
Is the democratic ideal about to topple?

The election in Egypt is symbolised by an Egyptian pyramid with a ballot box balanced on the top. This symbolises the instability inherent in the aftermath of the recent revolution or ‘Arab Spring’. Will Egyptian politics stay in some sort of balance or will it topple over into an undesirable state?

The cartoon shows the current situation in Egypt the Egytptian election is a race between Hosni Mubarak’s ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq and Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi. The result is bound to be contentious and unstable.

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

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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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Will Greece drop the euro? The Discobolus (Discus Thrower) in a metaphor for the Greek financial crisis

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Cartoon about the Euro crisis – Greece. Discobolus (Discus Thrower) dropping the euro

Cartoon about the financial crisis in the euro zone, especially in Greece.

Chris Madden cartoon showing the ancient Greek statue or sculpture the Discobolus, or Discus Thrower, by Myron as a metaphor for Greece and the Greek economy, with the discus replaced by a euro coin which the discus thrower has dropped. A pedantic note – the statue of the Discobolus in the cartoon has got the head pointing in the correct direction – most versions of the statue in existence (all are Roman copies of the lost original) are reconstructed from fragments and have the head looking forwards and down, which was found to be incorrect when a nearly complete version was uncovered.
The cartoon is about the possibility of the Greeks dropping the euro.
If Greece drops the euro they will return to the pre-euro Greek currency, the drachma

The dropped euro has cracked the plinth on which the Greek statue stands, and the euro coin is bouncing into a dustbin (which mirrors the shape of the plinth on which the Discobolus stands.
Chris Madden cartoon about the financial crisis in Greece, political cartoon about the eurozone falling apart.

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Cartoon: Occupy St Pauls eviction. Discarded V for Vendetta masks cartoon

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Cartoon showing the result of the Occupy St Pauls eviction. Discarded V for Vendetta masks

Cartoon showing the aftermath of the eviction of anti-capitalism protesters from the Occupy camp outside St Pauls cathedral
The cartoon shows discarded V for Vendetta masks in a litter bin.

The Guy Fawkes mask was adopted by the anti-capitalist Occupy movement, and protesters at the Occupy camps outside St Paul’s cathedral and elsewhere were frequently seen wearing the masks.
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Margaret Thatcher cartoon. Margaret Thatcher as the iron lady or mad axewoman

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Margaret Thatcher cartoon caricature as the iron lady and mad axewoman

This cartoon of Margaret Thatcher was drawn during Margaret Thatcher’s premiership as a response to her policies.
Margaret Thatcher was known by the iron lady (because of her resolve) and the mad axewoman (because of the cuts that she made to the welfare state).
The cartoon was used widely in political campaigns and left wing publications. It featured in the 1981 Big Red Diary, published by Pluto Press, and was used by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in their newspaper, Socialist Worker, and on posters such as the one shown in the photograph here.
A copy of the poster featured in the 2012 film The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep. The poster even features in the official UK trailer for the film

See this cartoon on a Mad Axewoman protest placard
See this cartoon on an anti-Thatcher political lapel badge
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Margaret Thatcher as the Iron Lady – political lapel badge

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Margaret Thatcher as the Iron Lady – political lapel badge from the 1980s
Margaret Thatcher cartoon or caricature

This photograph is of a lapel badge of Margaret Thatcher as the Iron Lady/Mad Axewoman produced in the 1980s by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP)

The badge was in support of an industrial strike by steel workers, hence the slogan Smelt the Iron Lady
The original Iron Lady cartoon can be seen here
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Margaret Thatcher as the Mad Axewoman or Iron Lady – political placard or poster

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Poster showing Margaret Thatcher as the Iron Lady or the Mad Axewoman
Margaret Thatcher cartoon or caricature

This photograph of a placard of Margaret Thatcher as the Iron Lady/Mad Axewoman was taken at an anti-Thatcherism political demonstration in London

The banner was produced by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP)
The original Iron Lady cartoon can be seen here
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Caricature – Margaret Thatcher as Britannia

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Caricature – Margaret Thatcher as Britannia
Margaret Thatcher cartoon

A cartoon of Margaret Thatcher as Britannia.
The cartoon includes several references to political issues of the Thatcher era.

The cartoon was used on the cover of Waiving the Rules: The Constitution under Thatcherism edited by Cosmo Graham and Tony Prosser, published by the Open University Press

This is one of several Margaret Thatcher cartoons and caricatures that I drew during her premiership. To see others please type Thatcher into the search box at the top of the page.

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Che Guevara in V for Vendetta mask (Guy Fawkes mask)

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Che Guevara with V for Vendetta mask
Che Guevara wearing Guy Fawkes mask
The image of Che Guevara is based on Alberto Korda’s iconic photograph of Argentine revolutionary.

A parody of the famous Che Guevara poster, wearing a V for Vendetta mask.
The Guy Fawkes mask was adopted by the anti-capitalist Occupy movement, and protesters at the Occupy camps outside St Paul’s cathedral and elsewhere were frequently seen wearing the masks..

The idea for the image is that Che Guevara and the Occupy movement were anti-capitalist, and both images – the famous photograph of Che Guevara and the V for Vendetta Guy Fawkes mask – are iconic images. So bringing the two iconic images together seems like a logical step.
The fact that the Che Guevara image is frequently available on merchandising from posters to t-shirts produced within the capitalist system is not without irony.
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Facebook cartoons. Facebook privacy protection illustration

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Facebook privacy protection illustration.

Illustration depicting Facebook’s policy of storing data about Facebook users.
Graphic incorporating the Facebook logo as the trunk of an elephant, with the caption “Facebook never forgets”, based on the saying “An elephant never forgets”.

The cartoon was inspired by an article in the New York Times, reprinted in the Observer on 12th Feb 2012: Taking a Stand to Protect Privacy by Somini Sengupta.
According to the article, Facebook retains vast amounts of information about Facebook users, including deleted posts and messages, and also stores information about the user’s physical location. Such information helps Facebook and other companies target advertising on individuals.
As Facebook and similar organisations become bigger and more powerful the implications of their use of user data become more and more worrying. Facebook, Google and other internet megacompanies could easily take on a Big Brother type role.
At the moment the use of user data is probably concentrated in marketing and market related spheres, however there is no reason why such data couldn’t be used in future by repressive governments or other repressive controlling organisations.
A graphic depicting issues concerned with internet privacy
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Margaret Thatcher caricature – Margaret Thatcher as the Queen of Hearts

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Caricature – Margaret Thatcher as the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland
Based on the Alice illustrations of John Tenniel
Margaret Thatcher cartoon

This cartoon of Margaret Thatcher features many references to political issues that are associated with Mrs Thatcher and Thatcherism (such as the Falkland Islands, the police, armaments, nationalism, the attack on the welfare state)

A slightly different version of the cartoon was used as a book cover from Is There Anyone Here From Education? published by Pluto Press
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Cartoon. George Orwell’s Big Brother – thought police surveillance camera

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Orwellian Big Brother thought police cartoon

Big Brother thought police cartoon showing surveillance cameras. One surveillance camera is monitoring a person while the other surveillance camera is monitoring the person’s thoughts. That camera is labelled ‘thought police‘.

A cartoon about freedom of thought, George Orwell’s 1984 distopia, distopian societies, oppression, oppressive regimes, thought crimes, liberty.
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Cartoon. Scottish independence. The Battle of Bannockburn, 1314 and the Act of Union, 1707

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A cartoon about the campaign for Scottish independence and the proposed referendum.

Cartoon. The Scottish National Party (SNP) are campaigning for Scottish independence, with a referendum on independence is being called for (in Scotland though not in England).

Cartoon showing the possible use by Scottish nationalists of patriotism by invoking the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, which was a crucial battle in Scotland’s struggle for independence from England at the time. Scotland later rejoined England in 1707 following the Act of Union. The union of England and Scotland transformed Scotland’s fortunes, ended Scotland’s marginalization due to its geographical location.
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Cartoon. Independence for Scotland referendum campaign

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A cartoon about the campaign for Scottish independence.

Cartoon. The Scottish National Party (SNP) are campaigning for Scottish independence.
A referendum on independence is being called for.

The cartoon shows the possible reaction of some english people to the referendum, as it is thought by some english people that the Scottish parliament is ungrateful for England’s contribution to Scottish prosperity (with some Scottish nationalists more eager to mention the highland clearances (in which Scottish landowners participated) than the beneficial effects of the union of Scotland and England which ended Scotland’s marginalization due to its geographical location.
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Cartoon. A possible drawback of ‘Follow the Leader’

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Cartoon showing two people following each other, and as a result going round in circles.

A cartoon that is possibly about lack of leadership and lack of direction.

A cartoon about leadership, followers, leaders, following like sheep, insularity, conservatism, orthodoxy, narrow mindedness.

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Dove of peace pooping on armaments

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Dove of peace illustration.

Artwork showing the dove of peace crapping on a military tank.

An anti-war illustration showing a peace dove.
A cartoon related to the peace movement, campaigns against militarism and campaigns against the arms trade.
A possible peace campaign poster.

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Peace movement dove of peace illustration

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Dove of peace illustration.

Artwork showing the dove of peace carrying off a military tank (and being pursued by a soldier who wants his tank back).

An anti-war illustration showing a peace dove.
A cartoon related to the peace movement and campaigns against armaments and the arms trade – a possible peace campaign poster.

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Teamwork cartoon – together we can conquer the world – separately we are nothing

Cartoon bow & arrow together conquer world

Cartoon showing a bow and arrow. The arrow is walking away from the bow. The bow is telling the arrow that separately they are nothing but together they can conquer the world.

The bow and arrow in this cartoon are a metaphor for teamwork. Neither member of the team can function to their full potential (or in this case, at all) without the other team member.

A cartoon about teams and teamwork, relationships, interdependence, teams, teamwork, symbiosis, management skills, facilitation, achieving potential.
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Egypt revolution cartoon – arab spring cartoon. Egypt elections

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Cartoon about the uprising in Egypt which heralded the arab spring. However, is the arab spring now turning sour?

In this cartoon the revolution in Egypt is symbolised by an Egyptian pyramid turned upside down (to symbolise the turning upside down of the political order by the revolution). The pyramid is balanced on its point, which is very unstable. This symbolises the instability inherent in the aftermath of revolutions in general. Will the structure of Egyptian society stay intact or will it topple over into an undesirable state?

This cartoon was drawn at the time of the initial uprising in Tahrir Square, Cairo, which saw the overthrow of President Mubarak.
Now (December 2012) the situation looks precarious again due to the declaration by President Mursi extending his powers and making the Muslim Brotherhood more powerful (using the reason that this is necessary in order to curb the power of the remaining members of the previous regime).

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Euro debt crisis cartoon. A balloon in the form of the euro coin

Cartoon. Euro crisis coin balloon

An editorial illustration about the eurozone debt crisis. A cartoon showing the euro coin as a balloon plunging downwards.
The balloon, being made of metal – like the euro coin – is too heavy to fly, and thus it is plunging downwards.

The idea behind the illustration is that the design of the european currency, the euro, is fundamentally flawed as it didn’t take into account fundamental issues of financial structures within the European community (the eurozone) or politics. This is symbolised by the fact that the balloon is incapable of flying.

The flat euro coin has to be transformed into a sphere for it to become a balloon. The ambiguity of the flat form of the coin and the spherical form of the balloon is a deliberate aspect of the cartoon.

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Cartoon about the euro debt crisis

Cartoon. Euro debt crisis

An editorial illustration about the eurozone debt crisis. A cartoon showing the euro slipping down a slope.

A cartoon showing the euro symbol on a slope (representing a downward graph).

A cartoon about the eurozone debt crisis, the debt in the euro zone.

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Euro debt crisis timebomb

Cartoon euro financial crisis timebomb

An editorial illustration about the euro zone debt crisis. A cartoon showing the euro as a ‘cartoon’ timebomb.

The cartoon includes a fuse to the bomb, with the spark on the fuse as a star (one of the stars in the eurozone symbol that represent the countries within the eurozone).
The implication is that one of the countries in the euro-zone will somehow detonate the bomb (or escalate the euro crisis).

A cartoon about the debt in the eurozone and the euro debt crisis.

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Euro debt crisis cartoon

Euro symbol carried onto bridge/

Euro cartoon
An editorial illustration or cartoon about the euro crisis

Illustration in the form of a silhouette style image depicting the euro symbol being carried over a rickety bridge. The bridge may or may not collapse, and it’s unclear where it is leading anyway

An editorial cartoon or illustration dealing with the eurozone crisis, the future of the euro, the euro debt crisis, the European community financial crisis

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Euro crisis cartoon – European currency depicted on a disabled sign

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European debt crisis cartoon

An illustration showing the symbol for the European currency, the euro, as the wheelchair on the disabled access sign.
The wheelchair is about to go down a flight of steps that resembles a financial graph

The illustration is about the European community financial crisis, euro crisis, eurozone crisis, the future of the euro, the euro debt crisis

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Euro debt crisis financial cartoon – the euro as the weakest link in a chain

Euro crisis editorial illustration. The weakest link

Euro crisis editorial cartoon
Illustration showing the euro currency symbol as the weakest link in a chain

If the euro symbol breaks the chain (symbolising the European community will fall apart.
At the time of drawing, the weakest link was Greece, but the Italian economy was showing signs of unsustainable interest rates creating a debt crisis in Italy

An illustration about the EU debt crisis, European cohesion, European unity, monetary policy, finance, financial interdependence between the nations of Europe

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Finance cartoon: Greece and the euro crisis

debt crisis Greece cartoon

Editorial illustration – Greece and the euro crisis
Finance cartoon – EU debt crisis

The Greek effect on the euro
The European currency, the euro, is depicted as a balloon, with Greece, in the form of an ancient Greek archer, firing an arrow at the balloon

A cartoon about the financial crisis in the eurozone, the future of the euro, political crisis in Europe, cohesion of the European community

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