Amid Covid and sleaze, how cartoonist cheered us up in 2021

Phew, Pugh… what a year! Amid Covid and sleaze, how cartoonist cheered us up in 2021

The Mail’s pocket cartoonist has kept readers smiling throughout 2021 with his consistently wry take on the news.

Jonathan Pugh has tackled the most talked about topics over the course of the year with his series of individual caricatures. 

2021 has had its fair share of ups and downs, but Pugh has been there to chronicle it all. From England reaching the Euros final to Insulate Britain blocking the M25 and causing havoc by bringing traffic to a standstill.

And who can forget when Bridgerton-fever hit the UK in January whilst we were still in lockdown and when holidaymakers were finally given the green light to go abroad.  

Here is 2021 in review… 


January and the Government tells us to stay at home… again (left). Netflix’s bodice-ripping drama is a hit amid lockdown gloom (right)


After Megxit, the Sussexes are released from royal duties (left). Rising council tax bills bring more misery for households (right)


Covid causes NHS havoc, with millions waiting for treatment (left). Experts find a cure for snoring — but is there another answer? (right)


In April, the Greensill lobbying row dominates the headlines (left). Soon, holidaymakers get the green light to go abroad… (right)


. . . but working from home still causes problems for many (left). As alcohol consumption rockets in the latest lockdown (right)


Euro 2020 ticket prices soar as England fly towards the final (left). There’s chaos in August as the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan (right)


The Great British weather dampens our spirits yet again (left). Climate activists block the M25 amid claims of police inaction (right)


Boris Johnson delivers a joke-laden Tory conference speech (left). Patients get more desperate to actually see their GP (right)


World leaders jet (and drive) in to the UK for a climate summit (left). The war on woke simmers — even in a cold November snap (right)


No 10 comes under fire with anger over lockdown parties (left) While the Omicron variant threatened to derail Christmas (right)

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