Every year around December I think jeez, I should put out a book of my favourite cartoons at which point it’s all a bit late, and I don’t and anyway, I blew my publishing budget on calendars this year, and you should definitely get one.
Anyway I thought to myself bugger it, everybody else does a top 10 list at the end of the year so I started doing a top 10 cartoons of 2011 list, but as I draw approximately 450 political cartoons a year, it’s quite hard to whittle it down to ten, and I’m not much of a whittler, so I’ve gone with my “Favourite Fifteen” which alliterates, so all’s well.
I’ll no doubt not put out a book again next year, but may do a slightly less half-arsed Favourite Fifteen.
Anyway, here they are in chronological order.
1. Postdiluvian Politics
The year kicked off with a Great Flood of biblical proportions, which you’d think would be right up Tony’s alley. Everything was looking quite bipartisan, touchy-feely and New Testament until Julia’s flood levy, which was too much for Tony to resist.
2. Ordure Occurs
The head nodding incident. This is the most pooh I have ever drawn in a published cartoon.
3. Say It With Placards
There were a few cracks at People’s Revolt, but generally it seemed there weren’t enough revolting people willing to turn up to really get a good stink going. However, there were some pretty angry placards in evidence.
4. Perhaps Olive Green And Gold Packaging Then
There really isn’t anything good about poker machines, and if saying that makes me unAustralian, fell free to bite your bum.
5. Science and Tony’s left foot
Tony’s attitude to climate change is not consistently reproducible under laboratory conditions, so thus transcends science.
6. Never Stand Between A Premier And A Bucket Of Money
It still baffles me how the government managed to turn billionaires into underdogs via the MRRT (nee RSPT). The only achievement more gobsmacking is how they managed to sign a blank cheque for the states by essentially underwriting their mining royalties. This one’s still got a bit of a way to run.
7. Stop The Cows
Refugee boat cows. The perfect storm.
8. Old MacDonald Had A Question Time
If you recall, Senator Bushby meowed at Penny Wong during a Budget Estimates hearing. Now while it’s true that estimates hearings can do strange things to a chap, the behaviour during Question Time this year has degenerated into a version of Lord Of The Flies if all the kids were members of the school debating team.
9. Just Say No
Let’s hope he’s more than a one-trick Tony next year. It’s getting a bit boring.
10. Malaysia Or Bust
Turned out to be bust.
11. The Light On The Hill
I could go on and on, but you’ve probably already made up your mind on the subject, so I’ll leave it at – Australia on boat people: Could Do Better.
12. The Good Samaritan Rebooted
Like I said: Could Do Better.
13. Love and Marriage
Heterosexual marriage is pretty bloody unnatural if you think about it, especially heterosexual marriages that are somehow threatened by homosexual marriages. We are a weird species.
14. Sealed With A Kiss
Well after all that, the carbon tax got up and we’ve made it to very nearly 2012 without the economy collapsing or Kevin doing a Vengeful Lazarus With A Gallbladder Bypass, which is nice.
15. Speaking Of Economies Collapsing…
Just thought I’d leave you on a cheery note. Have a nice 2012!