Sunday, 8 June 2014

THE WEEK magazine and its clever covers. FIFA World Cup scandal. Mohammed bin Hamamm. UKIP and Nigel Farage. European Elections: David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. Artists Neil Davies and Howard McWilliam.

The latest cover by Neil Davies for THE WEEK magazine illustrates the alleged corruption scandal involving Qatar over winning the bidding process to stage the FIFA World Cup in 2022 . It  must surely shift a lot of copies for Dennis Publishing

The Qatari goalkeeper in the picture with riyal banknotes is Mohammed bin Hamamm; who is thought to have been splashing money around behind the scenes to get the World Cup up for Qatar.

The cover is timely. just before the start of the World Cup in Brazil.  THE WEEK's editorial team also deserve credit as they usually come up with the ideas for their covers.

 The Week magazine
Nick Clegg v Nigel Farage on LBC television
THE WEEK'S cover of 12 April by Neil Davies illustrates how UKIP leader Nigel Farage outperformed Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg in their debates on the UK's membership of the European UnionA YouGov survey showed 68% backed Farage, against 27% for Nick Clegg. 

Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron bowled out by UKIP

Last week's cover of THE WEEK by Howard McWilliam illustrates the spectacular result of the UK Independence Party led by Nigel Farage in the UK elections to the European Parliament on 22 May. UKIP won the majority of seats in the European elections with 24 seats,  over Labour 's 20 and the Conservatives' 19. It is the first time for108 years that a minor political party other than the Labour and Conservative parties has won the popular vote in a national election. Farage likened Conservative and Labour MPs to goldfish which have been "tipped out of the bowl" ... desperately gasping for air" after Ukip's European election victory.

Flooded Britain by Neil Davies

THE WEEK's cover in January this year aptly caught the mood of the country during the severe floods and storms last winter. Neil Davies portrays a marooned farmer in what looks like the Somerset Levels, where around 17,000 acres of farmland were submerged,  many livestock were drowned and villagers were evacuated or cut off by flood waters. 

THE WEEK is the UK's highest-selling weekly subscription magazine with a growing circulation of 198,339 (Jul-Dec 13). The Dennis Publishing website states " The Week is a unique and witty digest of the best writing from the British and foreign press. Taking just over an hour to read, The Week brings the reader up-to-date with current affairs at home and abroad.".

THE WEEK's covers by talented artists Neil Davies and Howard McWilliam  are the shop windows of the magazine, always topical and typical of the best of British caricature.