The Archbishop of Canterbury has waded into the row over energy prices, warning that the latest wave of hikes looks "inexplicable". Justin Welby insisted the Big Six companies had an obligation to behave morally rather than just maximising profit. The intervention, in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, came after British Gas followed in the footsteps of SSE by announcing a 9.2% increase in prices. Read more >>
The cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express shows a couple leaving a church after a service. The woman sees a billboard with the headline about the Archbishop's attack on energy companies, and comments, "The public are harder up than church mice!"
The cartoon uses two English idioms. If someone is hard up, they don't have a lot of money. And if you describe someone as being as poor as a church mouse (or as poor as church mice if there's more than one person), you mean that they are very poor. See here for the origin of this expression. The joke comes from the fact that the Archbishop is a member of the church.
See if you can spot the following things in the cartoon: a badger, a handbag, a gravestone, a gate, a fox, a hedge, a vicar, a belfry, a scarf, a cemetery, a flat cap, a path, an overcoat.