Alex Massie

The Diversity of the British Press

The Diversity of the British Press
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One of the other great glories of the British press is cartooning. Drawing (ha!) their inspiration from a tradition that stretches back to Hogarth and Gillray, today's cartoonists take pride in their often savage, scabrous wit. They take a proper pride in their lack of reverence - which is presumably why the stuffy New York Times doesn't even have a cartoonist. Why would you have fun on the editorial pages when you can publish Bob Herbert instead?

Sometimes, however, the British cartoonists might be accused of groupthink. Clearly the combination of Ingmar Bergman's death and Gordon Brown's first meeting as PM with George Bush proved irresistible:

The Independent:

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The Times:

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The Daily Telegraph:

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The Guardian:

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[Shamelessly plundered from a vacationing Greek friend]

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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