The (Boris) Empire Strikes Back

Another cartoon making a filmic reference to a current story – today it is The Telegraph’s  Bob Moran’s reworking of David Lean’s sweeping epic “Lawrence of Arabia” (what else?)

Sunday  11th December 2016. The Telegraph  – Bob Moran/ David Lean

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Boris Johnson and friends have come out fighting after he was rebuked by No. 10 for saying that Saudi Arabia had been “playing proxy wars” in the Middle East. He told the Prime Minister that he will not apologise for his comments, made at a conference in Rome last week.

Allies of Mr Johnson said that Downing Street would have to “learn a lessons” after senior Conservative MPs came to the Foreign Secretary’s aid following the put-down.

A number of senior Conservatives have come out to defend Mr Johnson’s comments. One ally said: “They will have to learn a lesson, they got their nose bloodied.

“Given the amount of people who support him No 10 will have to think twice about slapdowns. “Why should a Foreign Secretary be quiet? Because it’s been done that way for 100 years? The British people are saying no, they are sick of the old order.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, a former Foreign Secretary, Mr Johnson is “dangerous” and said he may be “more comfortable in a different senior cabinet position.”

However an ally of Boris said: “Mr Rifkind wasn’t exactly the best foreign secretary this country has ever had and should go back to whatever he is doing these days and stop sniping from the sidelines.”

As you know the row erupted after a recording of Mr Johnson emerged in which he lumped Saudi Arabia in with Iran as he raised concerns about “puppeteering” in the region and the row doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.

The cartoon (based on a scene from “Lawrence of Arabia”) sees Boris leading his allies in the attack.

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LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

Director: David Lean, Writers: T.E. Lawrence (writings), Robert Bolt (screenplay) Michael Wilson (screenplay) (originally uncredited: credit restored in 1978 by the Writers Guild of America), Stars: Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains USA/UK, Colour, 1962

Remember despite the reported incidents of civilian deaths and the worsening humanitarian situation in Yemen, the UK has signed off £3.3bn in arms sales to Saudi Arabia since the start of its offensive.

We shall see how this pans out.

Chris Walker.

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