David Cameron has been condemned over his response to the refugee crisis in Europe after describing people in a camp in Calais as a "bunch of migrants". The Refugee Council said Mr Cameron's comments were "disappointing" and called on him to show political leadership in response to the "desperate" situation. Opposition MPs also lined up to criticise the Prime Minister, who made the "inflammatory" comments during a Commons clash with Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn visited the camp last week and found absolute squalor with unaccompanied children roaming around. Read more >>
The cartoon by Peter Brookes from The Times is based on the famous scene from Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist in which Oliver, who has been taken to the workhouse, dares to ask for more gruel (a kind of porridge). You can see the original illustration by Cruikshank here. In Peter Brookes' version, a boy from the Calais migrant camp asks David Cameron (in the role of Mr Bumble!) if he can come to Britain. Cameron/Bumble responds by kneeing him in the groin. One assumes the answer is 'No'! Mrs Bumble, on the left, is portrayed by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
• The 'I want some more' scene from the 1968 musical 'Oliver' (YouTube)
• Oliver asks for more (condensed version of the book)
• David Cameron defends 'bunch of migrants' comment about 'those people' in Calais (The Independent)
• Cameron's 'bunch of migrants' jibe is callous and dehumanising, say MPs (The Guardian)