If you thought that the complex developments of the power dynamics, infighting and strategy shifts within UK politics was intriguing, then you should take a look at what is going on with the cats of Westminster.
Palmerston the mouser
The Foreign Office has been benefiting of late from the work of a certain feline friend called Palmerston, who has since his arrival in April 2016 been recorded as catching 27 mice, dwarfing the Number 10 moggie’s efforts. Furthermore, this number of 27 is also probably just a conservative figure from the Conservatives, as this is just the amount of mice Palmerston has been seen catching. He may well have had twice as much luck in the mouse department when no one has been there to see.
Larry too lazy?
Larry, who frequents 10 Downing Street, has been known to prefer his sleep than the active role of catching mice, and was even pictured towards the beginning of last year playing with a mouse before allowing the mouse to scamper off. Perhaps this peaceful stance can be seen as cute, if not admirable. However, in the ruthless cut and thrust world of high powered politics, the PM and her team expect a more prolific performance.
Westminster’s cats and dogs also include a cat named Gladstone in the Treasury’s office, two dogs called Rex and Oscar upstairs in Number 10, and two cats called Evie and Cassie in the Cabinet office. It has been confirmed that Gladstone also has a fine work ethic when it comes to getting rid of mice.
A fierce battle
Life at the very top of the political ladder can be a constant state of battle, for the politicians and their furry feline counterparts. Larry and Palmerston have even been known to have scraps and scuffles in their time spent together in Westminster territory, with Larry being attacked by Palmerston when he had made his way into Foreign Office territory, and Palmerston once having to be evicted from Number 10 premises after similarly sneaking in undetected. Larry was even reported to have sustained an injury to his paw, as he was seen limping after one of his tussles with the Foreign Office’s fiery mouser.
Has Palmerston lost his hunger to be at the top?
With such fire in his belly and passionate pride in keeping on top of his territory, it is perhaps no surprise that mice were no match for the Foerign Office’s miniature enforcer. Palmerston in fact has gone from strength to strength as the department’s chief mouser, and it is perhaps this skill that Palmerston has that has made him very much loved within the Foreign Office. This is so much the case however that many ministers and civil servants have been feeding Palmerston too much.
Senior diplomats, worrying not so much about the cat’s waistline but his effectiveness as a mouse-catcher, have recently sent a memo around to get everyone working in the Foreign Office to stop feeding Palmerston. Not so full up with treats, they hope that Palmerston may get back to his winning ways in keeping the area as mouse-free as possible.