My political cartoon is about leaders, my key idea, and responsibility, my key concept.
The cartoon depicts an unknown leader trying to dodge their responsibilities and cover up their lies. The devil horns represent the things the leader has done wrong whereas the halo, which the leader is holding up themselves above their head, shows them trying to make themselves look good to the public, covering up the devil horns with a fake persona.
A thought bubble above the leader’s head shows the mistakes they have made. I have drawn these in a thought bubble rather than a speech bubble to show that the leader is trying to keep them a secret by not saying them out loud. They continues to exert what a perfect leader they is, although their actions show otherwise.
A key element of this cartoon is the red suit. The suit was initially white, as you can see by the white patch still visible by the left hand, representing the good intentions the leader may have had when they first came into power. Due to leader’s mistakes negatively affecting the lives of the people, the suit has gradually become ‘stained’ with blood as more and more mistakes have been made.
On one side of the picture are people who believe this leader is righteous. These people have black lines over their eyes, representing that they are still blind to the truth. On the other side of the leader are people who have seen through the lies and realised the leader’s misdeeds.
I decided to draw the leader as a silhouette rather than with a specific face because there have been many leaders who have made bad choices and I think that, as members of the public, we are not always aware of when this has happened because, as in the picture, this is often covered up.
I want people to feel shocked when they look at this cartoon. I realise that this is a very negative view of leadership and I understand that not all leaders are like this. However, through this issue of BNC I have learnt about leaders who have not always been honest and done what is right for the people they are representing, despite the fact that it is their responsibility to do so. I want to open people’s eyes to the fact that leaders might not always be trustworthy and that it is what people do that matters more than what they say. It is important to use the BNC skill of scepticism, that is asking questions and not always taking things at face value, to help us decide who we can trust.