London’s anti-Protestant cartoons are racial abuse, says Ulster Unionist politician

Posted By: July 01, 2017

Karl McDonald. i News. Friday, June 30, 2017

 

Orangemen lead the main 12th July parade, as it moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016.
12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III’s victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP / PAUL FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)

Orangemen parade on 12 July in Northern Ireland (Photo: Getty)

An Ulster Unionist politician has railed against the depiction of Ulster Protestants in political cartoons as the London media has reacted to the deal between Theresa May and the DUP.

Chris McGimpsey, in an article for the Belfast Telegraph, said the artworks pander to “the baser instincts of the readers” and compared the treatment to the offensive caricatures of Irish people in Punch magazine over a century ago.

“The portrayals are vicious and they are not simply of a politician, but of Ulster Protestants in their entirety,” he wrote. “This form of art is depressing.” Fleet Street’s cartoonists have been turning their satirical attention to Northern Ireland since the DUP made a surprise return to prominence in Britain.

One cartoon, by Mac in the Daily Mail, has caused annoyance not only among DUP-supporting Ulster Protestants but among the nationalist community and people in the Republic of Ireland.

 

“Theresa May took some persuading but eventually the DUP clinched the deal.” Mac – political cartoon gallery

 

The image, which depicts Mrs. May’s £1bn deal with the DUP as a “Free Guinness for Life” deal at a Belfast pub, depicts clowns, flat cap wearers and even a dog passed out drunk amid a barful of empty glasses.

Caroline Magennis, a Northern Irish lecturer at Salford University, wrote on Twitter: “It is also possible to disagree with the DUP on nearly every issue possible but be aghast at the way in which Northern Irish people are being portrayed. The cartoons, the stereotypes, the Guinness jokes that misunderstand a temperance party, the people who have explained the DUP to me.”

Seamus O’Reilly, a Derry-born writer, said: “Sidestepping the obvious racism, there’s more chance of DUP voters drinking holy water than f***ing Guinness. Let yourself down there, Mac.”

In Andy Davey’s depiction of the deal, Arlene Foster and an Orangeman in sash, bowler hat and white gloves are shown fleeing Downing Street with large sacks full of the Government’s money.

 Andy Davey on the DUP’s £1bn windfall from Theresa May – political cartoon gallery in Putney

 

 Dave Brown’s, from the Independent, shows a variation on the same theme, with Mrs. Foster pushing a wheelbarrow away from same location, with a witchy Theresa May tied up with an Orange Order sash.
Martin Rowson in the Guardian takes a darker turn, showing monstrous Orangemen interrogating a young child about his heritage while sitting on an enormous bag marked “swag.”

 

Mr. McGimpsey said: “To be sure, the cartoonists are no longer as blunt as Punch magazine of a century ago wherein we were always depicted with simian features, shillelaghs and bizarre clothing. Nevertheless, we have received a jolly good thrashing at the hands of the cartoonists.”

He added: “Perhaps someday the English will mature and we will no longer face such racial abuse.”