Thursday, 16 February 2012


As my regular reader will know, The Westmorland Gazette cartoon is always greatly interested in the doings of the local council. This is fair enough. As I pay them council tax, I feel it is only fair that they provide me with an income in return. It’s all part of the circulation of money which has helped make capitalism the astounding success we see today.
Recent council doings have included a couple of wheezes which have proved useful to a cartoonist. These include a plan to close down local waste recycling centres and a campaign to remove A-Boards from our pavements.
But locals have not been amused. A petition was compiled. People Had Their Say. The result being that the council has backtracked on both these schemes and they are either “in consultation” (i.e. Keep quiet about it until everyone forgets about them and we can pretend they never happened) or “we are actively looking for viable alternatives” (which translates as: Do nothing).
Elsewhere in this week’s newspaper, two lads in Grange-over-Sands have set up as ghost-hunters. Next week, I’m hiring a daily Mail investigative journalist to track down the fairies at the bottom of my garden.
Here are the ideas for the cartoon. A few of them recycled, in the spirit of the stories. To discover which made it onto the front page, visit my website from Thursday afternoon.

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