If…on the Coalition
In his daily cartoon and long-running strip, If…, in the Guardian, Steve Bell has proved that he is without equal in Britain as political cartoonist. Savage, funny, rude, constantly transgressing the rules of good taste, and beautifully drawn, his cartoons are hated by those they lampoon and loved by everyone who likes to see authority subverted. In his new collection he covers the years of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, 2010-2015, fertile ground for Bell’s genius. From George Osborne in his bondage gear, the ‘Quiet Man’ zombie Iain Duncan Smith, Cable the elephant, Cameron the talking condom and Clegg the butler to Kipling and the If… penguins, every moment of the coalition years is re-run before your eyes.