What do you see? Money the G7 will spend that could save people’s lives

Political cartoons often offer visceral and critical opportunities to question ideas, arguments and what we see in the world around us.

Here is a cartoon by editorial cartoonist with the Irish Times, Martyn Turner, on the topic of Covid-19 vaccines and ‘investments’ by the G7 countries (an inter-governmental political forum from some of the world’s leading industrial nations consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States).

How would you ‘read’ the symbols, illustrations and text in this cartoon? What is the cartoonist saying about the world and political messages?

What do you see? 

Explore this interactive feature by clicking on the hotspots below.

What is the G7?

Is this a fair depiction of G7 priorities?

Why compare arms spend with vaccine spend?

Are the proportions (2.5 vs 18.5) 'right'? does it matter?

What about Billions vs Trillions?

Where can I get the real figures?

Why more on arms than health?

What does the cartoon say about Martyn Turner's view of the world?


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