Well it would seem any connection between cartoons and satire/humour have been severed in the Express. The relationship is irrevocably broken down. I present the evidence in order of publication below.
HAHAHAHA.....do you see what he did there...no...really? Actually I am grasping myself . Yesterdays cartoon is the repressed sexual fantasy of aging Express readers obviously . That bloke is far to old for that woman (unless it is an ultra cleaned up version of the lovely former Mrs Tarrant(surely shome mistake ?)) .You may not presume he is a rendition of Andrew O'Neill , whose best side is the magnetic strip on his credit card. The only conclusion I can draw is that she is a Lady of dubious services who works in the daytime to pleasure the retired. She obviously doesn't care who knows as she has left the curtains open (you can see the next client outside by the way ), so that must be kinky extras . Plus the bottle of champange is going to have a huge mark up . If the daft sod doesn't get his meagre savings (see below) that sex worker is going to be laughing all the way to the bank anyway ,never mind the great banking meltdown eclipsing Black Wednesday.
So the great guffaw of this opus is his wife is panicking about the savings , but he thought it would be a good excuse to use the time to cheat on my marriage vows , 'cos the Express believes in liberalisation of sex laws and promiscuity . Further , the cartoon tells us that this whole thing is a storm in a teacup , we should not worry and the government is doing a great job. Have sex instead .
But then Paul Thomas shows us the bizzarro world he lives in . He is living life backwards . Today's cartoon has time warped ahead of the events previously shown . That cheap Van Gogh reproduction is the hint that psychotic works are a foot . It's so bad that the elderly gent sees his wife pulling a David Blane by levitating slightly off the floor . Or is she rising in rage aware that he has been spending the savings on dirty women?Is that why in the events that follow...er...yesterday , I mean next , I mean....AHEM...is that why he shows little concern for the cash 'cos he has blown the savings on various perversions? Is she afraid they will have to eat the cats? She would love a posh tv but they can't even afford a sofa to share to watch tv , the pig dominates the room with his single easy chair.I wouldn't want him around either.
So what exactly is the humour , biting observation here? It's that he is watching tv and she wants him to queue somewhere . You fucking what? Oh thats right it's psychotic bizzaro time warp land . But then if the reference is to queuing to get the savings the joke is "go and get the money and stop sitting in the one chair". Excellent . I can do that. Here is my joke constructed on the same lines...
"I am going to the shop to buy a loaf of bread "
Brilliant huh? It's not even a cartoon descending into the territory of even the most mundane soap opera . Trees have been cut down to print this shite and we are all going to die with the resulting collapse in ecosystems . It's criminal.