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UK newspaper cartoonist Brooke awarded CBE

AAP logoAAP 30/12/2016 Francesca Gosling

Renowned British cartoonist Peter Brookes says he is grateful to be living in a country that "criticises and satirises" its own politicians.

Describing the long-standing tradition of satirical newspaper cartoons as a particularly "British sort of humour", he said that world affairs over the last two years have provided him with the most material in his 25-year career so far.

His comments came as he was awarded a CBE for his achievements.

"More than anything I am grateful to be living in a country that recognises cartoonists that criticise and satirise its politicians, compared to countries that imprison theirs - and worse," the 73-year-old told Press Association.

After a quarter of a century providing daily pieces for The Times, he said: "These days it's the people who seem to be ruling the roost, which can be a good thing and a bad thing.

"This summer was unbelievable, there wasn't a day when there wasn't an amazing, huge political event, following the (Brexit) referendum. We will all remember it.

"Every day you come up with something, but some days are better than others and sometimes it's really a case of banging your head against the drawing board.

"But there isn't a day that I don't look forward to doing it."

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