In more very important international feline news, Britain’s most powerful cat, Larry, Chief Mouser at 10 Downing Street, has penned (clawed maybe?) a piece for The Guardian defending himself after days of reports about his run-ins with Boris Johnson’s cat Palmerston, who lives nearby at Whitehall. Larry, who belongs to the address, not the Prime Minister, has been involved in multiple fights with Palmerston, although the most recent one has been reported as particularly vicious, with Palmerston’s ear now in “terrible shape” .

Larry’s piece in The Guardian is well worth a read, but he seems suspicious of Jeremy Corbyn:

“Their claws may be sharp but I’m a west London pugilist who has never walked away from a fight, and I’m not going to start now. Besides, we’re living in turbulent times, and fortunes can change overnight.

“No, my real worry is what happens if May calls an early election and Jezza wins. I hear he has a feline called El Gato and I really don’t fancy sharing this gaff. I didn’t vote to leave the EU only to end up with a Spanish housemate.”

The Treasury office has also employed a mouser, Gladstone, who will soon be able to roam the streets as well. We suggest our British cousins they take a look at the Victorian government’s Responsible Cat Ownership course and certificate, which was released on Monday, to avoid further confrontation.

Peter Fray

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