David Cameron has returned to Downing Street from his holiday in Portugal a day earlier than expected to assume direct command of the government's response to the Iraq crisis. The prime minister had been expected to return to Downing Street on Thursday. His decision to return home a day earlier than expected followed criticism from Tory MPs of the prime minister for allowing himself to be photographed on a Portuguese beach while RAF crews were flying dangerous missions to drop humanitarian supplies to Yazidi refugees trapped on Mount Sinjar. Backbench Tory critics were distributing a cartoon from Tuesday's Times that featured lines of dead refugees lying on the ground. The cartoon ended with a pot-bellied Cameron lying on a beach towel in relaxed pose. Read more >>
The cartoon by Morten Morland from The Times shows a red-faced Cameron returning from his holiday in Portugal. He's still wearing holiday clothes and is pulling a suitcase on wheels behind him. By portraying the PM in this way, the cartoonist is ridiculing him and the fact that his response to a major international crisis is to cut short his holiday by just one day.
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