Britain doesn’t just have some of the best journalists in the world, it has excellent cartoonists too. Here are 12 of the best from the last year, taken from The Best of Britain’s Political Cartoons 2013.
Some of my favourites from a top 10 list on BuzzFeed:
|Morten Moreland on Berlusconi - The Times.|
Italy’s supreme court upheld a jail sentence against Silvio Berlusconi for both tax fraud and for having had sex with a minor. Due to his age, he was ordered to serve the sentence under house arrest in only one of his many houses. In a sober video message after the verdict, Berlusconi proclaimed his total innocence and launched into a bitter attack on the magistrates that, he said, had hounded him for 20 years and become an undemocratic rival power to the state.
|Peter Brookes on Ed Miliband - The Times.|
In a bid to outflank David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls claimed Labour would use next month’s Budget to bring back the 10p rate of income tax controversially scrapped by Gordon Brown in 2007. The clear rejection of Brown and Labour’s past was a tactical move by Miliband to restore the public’s trust in Labour on the economy.
|Chris Riddell on war in the Middle East - The Observer.|
President Assad’s bloody defiance risked wider conflict in the Middle East. Lebanon had asked Syria to avoid incursions by its troops into Lebanese territory as several Lebanese civilians, including women and children, had been killed during border skirmishes.
|Christian Adams on the royal baby - The Daily Telegraph.|
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new baby made royal history as it became the third living heir to the throne.
|Dave Brown on migrant workers - The Independent.|
Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant claimed that the supermarket giant Tesco had undercut the wages of its British employees by recruiting cheap labour from Easter Europe
|Gary Barker on Robert Mugabe - The Times.|
President Robert Mugabe vowed to step down if he lost the Zimbabwe election, “If you lose you must surrender,” the 89-year-old veteran said at a press conference in Harare on the eve of the vote. Mugabe, through a series of violent and suspicious elections, has ruled Zimbabwe for 33 years. Mugabe denied any attempts to rig the election, declaring: “We have done no cheating.”
|Martin Rowson on NHS cuts - The Guardian.|
Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt’s plan to reduce casualty and maternity services at Lewisham hospital was declared unlawful by the High Court.Mr Justice Silber said the secretary of state had breached provisions of the National Health Services Act 2006
|Peter Schrank on Twitter - Independent on Sunday.|
Twitter announced plans to introduce a “report abuse” button following the abusive tweets, including rape and death threats, to historian Mary Beard, British feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, and the British MP Stella Creasy. Three men were arrested under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 in connection with the incidents.
All these cartoons are taken from The Best of Britain’s Political Cartoons 2013, edited by Tim Benson and Published by Scribe.