This cartoon by Andy Davey from The Sun relates to UK Prime Mininster David Cameron's attack on the "madness" of European regulations and taxes in a speech to global business leader at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Mr Cameron accused the EU (European Union) of "doing things to make life even harder" in the face of the economic challenge. He attacked the "unnecessary" regulations on business that "can destroy jobs" and said the proposed financial transactions tax could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs. He said: "Even to be considering this at a time when we are struggling to get our economies growing is quite simply madness." Full story >>
Andy Davey's cartoon shows David Cameron as Saint George, the patron saint of England, fighting a dragon made up of red tape and labelled EU. Cameron is wielding a sword and shield but has lost his helmet.
1. Legend has it that Saint George slayed a dragon to save a princess. (Listen to story here.)
2. The red cross on Cameron's shield and tunic is the St George's Cross, which is also the flag of England.
3. The term red tape is used to refer to official rules and procedures when they seem unnecessary and cause delay. The dragon is a metaphor for EU red tape. (See this article from The Phrase Finder for the origin of the expression red tape.)
• David Cameron: stop the madness of Europe red tape (Daily Telegraph)
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