It is reported that Matt, The Telegraph’s cartoonist of thirty years, has received congratulatory messages from numerous public figures who have been the subjects of his cartoons including all previous prime ministers and at least one member of the Royal Family. But not from Jeremy Corbyn whose spokesman politely declined to offer his congratulations and said that ‘none of the cartoons he had seen about Jeremy were funny’. As if. Perhaps he should Czech more carefully. (See Comrade Corbyn, 18 February if you don’t follow.)
You’ve heard of Matt, he draws cartoons,
Makes politicians look like goons,
And as he does them he pokes fun,
At pretty nearly anyone.
They mostly like it, many say,
His cartoons brighten up their day,
And some have hung them on the wall,
So they can’t be upset at all.
And now, it seems, it’s thirty years,
That he’s been ribbing lord’s and sirs,
And even some who claim to be,
Part of the Royal Family.
So on this ‘birthday’, most have sent,
Their wishes which are all well-meant,
Including all PMs alive,
Which you can count – they number five.
But not, it seems, has Corbyn, J,
Instead of which his man did say,
“This time I think we will decline,
For, maybe since they’re not in rhyme,
The ones with Jeremy have not,
Made any of us laugh a lot.
And that is all we have to say,
So, thanks for asking, now, good day!”
You might think this is rather terse,
And wrong to blame the lack of verse;
But maybe communists like him,
Make living so dreadfully grim,
And peasants must be so servile,
That no-one has a need to smile.
So let your watchword be, “Take care!”
If you are in a cartoon where,
You might be portrayed as a fool,
Or be subject to ridicule.
Your comments, then, should not be terse,
And certainly must not be worse;
You really must not think too deep,
But a sense of proportion keep.
But back to Corbyn, people say,
He shouldn’t be PM one day.
And now, perhaps, we have the proof,
Because, we find, he stays aloof,
And unlike all PMs before,
He might declare an all out war,
Against cartoonists in the Press,
That cause him such undue distress.
Image – Ebenezer Bean