Downing Street Turf War Continues
We recently brought you news of the Downing Street turf war between two kitties. Larry, the resident cat at Number 10 and Palmerston the Foreign Office’s mouser are engaged in a territorial battle which has resulted in veterinary treatment for Larry and a great deal of lost fur. Then Gladstone, a rescue cat from Battersea, arrived at the treasury to spice up life in Whitehall still further.
Palmerston on the Prowl
We can now report that Palmerston is getting bolder by the minute and has walked into Number 10 to challenge Larry’s supremacy. The black and white cat was photographed being ejected by the police! A stand-off ensued as the indignant Palmerston stood his ground on the step outside. He eventually headed back to the Foreign Office with his tail between his legs but that probably won’t be the last time that he attempts to access the Prime Minister’s home.
Or will it? There could soon be be a new kid on the block who might put the feuding cats firmly in their place.
A Dog at Number 11?
New Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, owns a feisty Welsh terrier called Rex and is considering moving the dog into Number 11 Downing Street. The dog is known to have a penchant for chasing cats and an outbreak of war could be imminent. Rex’s arrival might result in Larry, Palmerston and Gladstone being too scared to wander the streets where visitors often stop to stroke them.
The Chancellor is rumoured to be nervous about introducing his dog to Downing Street as the political situation is clearly already strained. Nobody in the corridors of power wants to induce an outbreak of war but Rex would be a valuable resident when it comes to controlling the troublesome rat population. The issue is beginning to put Brexit in the shade.
Freya and Lola
Rex would not be the first dog in recent times to reside at Number 11. The previous Chancellor, George Osbourne, acquired the adorable Lola in 2013. She arrived after Osbourne’s cat Freya was banished following several fights with Larry.
Gosh! Downing Street is rife with internal strife, political wrangling and power struggles. Who would have thought it? Perhaps pet ownership should be an important consideration in future leadership battles and cabinet appointments (of the human variety). After, all cats and dogs are very serious issues indeed.