Our Culture

The Guardian’s favourite cartoonist.
“Steve Bell – At the centre of our culture”
(David Yelland. Today radio 4.)

Update: New Sharon cartoon to replace previous image that wasn’t by the Guardian’s favourite cartoonist Steve Bell. Sorry for any inconvenience, and thanks to Mr Gregory for pointing out my mistake.

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18 Responses to Our Culture

  1. Demon1001 says:

    Guardianistas, BBC comrades, tell us what you really think!   I think the UAF should be attacking both of these organisations if they are really anti-fascist.


    • matthew rowe says:

      Interesting  cartoons very reminiscent of the propaganda ones in the 30’s  and just as childish  very similar to  
       “The Jew: The inciter of war, the prolonger of war.” by  Hans Schweitzer  1943 he really should broaden his influences !


  2. NotaSheep says:

    What do you expect from The Guardian or indeed the BBC?


  3. Barry says:

    I was just about to say that at least I don’t have to support The Guardian. But I do – through BBC advertising.


    • Bupendra Bhakta says:

      The hundred-page public sector job supplement that the Guardian could publish each week for a decade and a half was/is very much paid for by us.


  4. Biodegradable says:

    There’s an old Jewish saying; “when it hurts, laugh”.

    This is hilarious:

    Israeli NGO’s preparing Flotilla from Ashdod to Dublin


  5. David Gregory says:

    That final cartoon isn’t by Steve Bell.


    • matthew rowe says:

      No you are right =
      The hate motif of infanticide also appeared in a 2003 cartoon by Dave Brown in the progressive British daily The Independent. The cartoon shows Sharon eating the head of a Palestinian baby and saying, “What’s wrong? Have you never seen a politician kissing a baby?”[29] It won Britain’s 2003 Political Cartoon of the Year Award.  After receiving numerous complaints, the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) decided that the cartoon did not breach its code.
      How ever it does fall into a concerted warping of cartoons   in certain British media outlets  in a very disturbing way ! or do you find this all OK and not open to questioning ?


    • sue says:

      Well, I’ll change it to this.


      • sue says:

        There are hundreds of similarly themed cartoons on his website, but reproducing them might be infringing his copyright, and I might have to remove them all.


        • Dez says:

          “hundreds” yeah right…

          And so what; criticism of Israel not allowed in Sue world?

          And just what exactly has this got to do with the BBC? A guest on the programme gave his opinion about Steve Bell as an influential cartoonist?

          OH MY GOD!


    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      Yes, the fact that the third cartoon is not by Bell completely negates the fact that the other two are.  Glad that’s settled.


    • Guest Who says:

      Good to see ‘errors’ (albeit hardly hugely substantive – highlighting how much else that does deserve a mea culpa in some quarters passes without comment) get corrected, and acknowledged promptly when pointed out…. here.

      Meanwhile, on the BBC’s ouputs, while egregious errors may get stelath edited, meanwhile across the blog network Aunty seems to be tackling the cuts to hire extra moderators to work backwards through the archive to excise just about anything that doesn’t suit the narrative.

      Seems like those Kremlin May Day rally retouchers have found a new spiritual home. 

      They do realise in the era of the internet, this just making what is bad a lot worse, right? Whilst going back to broadcast only may have some attractions within the bubble, further moves that way will simply negate any tenuous obligation to further fund them, however uniquely.


  6. George R says:

    INBBC’s extending political self-censorship in its cause:

    -from ‘no Balen report’, to ‘no Hezbollah-Hariri’ report.

    Without mentioning its political chums of HEZBOLLAH in its headline, INBBC  has:

    “Lebanon tense as fingers point over Hariri killing”


    Although INBBC’s Mr Muir mentions some detailed evidence provided by Canada’s CBS against Hezbollah in the murder of President Hariri, Mr Muir is silent about INBBC’s self-censorship of its own evidence in a series about Hezbollah. This:

    “BBC series on Rafiq al-Hariri pulled as tension rises in Lebanon”



  7. Phil says:

    Nothing the Guardian says or does is at the centre of our culture. It has a small readership and is kept going by revenue from used car ads in the Auto Trader. Good luck to it.

    Mr Yelland was obviously referring to the centre of that tiny sub-culture in the UK which regards the Guardian and its views as important. Unfortunately for most of us that includes a suspiciously high proportion of BBC staff.


  8. David Preiser (USA) says:

    These cartoons reflect the “middle ground” which Jeff Randall says the BBC inhabits.