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szdaily -> Kaleidoscope
Palmerston puts rival Larry to shame
    2017-September-7  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE current occupant of Number 10 Downing Street has been cast as ineffective by a rival at the Foreign Office, who is trying to prove he has a killer instinct and what it takes to be number one.

However, this is not a tale of a power struggle between Theresa May and Boris Johnson but a feline proxy war, which has allowed the foreign secretary to get one over on the prime minister.

Johnson looks certain to have secured Whitehall bragging rights after it was revealed Palmerston, the FCO’s resident mouser, has caught at least 27 mice since his arrival in Westminster in April 2016.

Palmerston’s prolific record is likely to heap further pressure on the performance of Larry, the Number 10 cat, who was pictured earlier this year playing with a mouse before allowing it to escape in a clear dereliction of his duties.

Documents released under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws show Palmerston, named after former Foreign Secretary and two-time Prime Minister Viscount Palmerston, caught almost 30 mice since he came from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

But volunteers who look after the black-and-white cat claim that the figure is “likely to be much higher.”

The FCO said: “The FCO does not keep an accurate figure for the amount of mice caught by Palmerston.

“The PUS’ [Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Simon McDonald] office do receive reported sightings of Palmerston catching mice — so far [since Palmerston’s arrival in April 2016] this figure is at 27.

“This figure is likely to be much higher as these are only reported sightings.”

The FOI request also reveals that Palmerston is “usually” fed Whiskas, although much of his food is donated, meaning he enjoys a variety of brands.

The FCO said it was unable to provide details of the cost of Palmerston’s care but added the bill was met voluntarily by staff.

Palmerston’s success is unlikely to help the mood of Larry or his Downing Street handlers.

Number 10 insiders have said in the past that the moggie has been happy to snooze while on duty and allow mice to scurry right under his nose.

(SD-Agencies)

The current occupant of Number 10 has been cast as ineffective by a rival at the Foreign Office who is trying to prove he has a killer instinct and what it takes to be number one.

However, this is not a tale of a power struggle between Theresa May and Boris Johnson but a feline proxy war which has allowed the Foreign Secretary to get one over on the Prime Minister.

Mr Johnson looks certain to have secured Whitehall bragging rights after it was revealed Palmerston, the FCO’s resident mouser, has caught at least 27 mice since his arrival in Westminster in April 2016.

Palmerston’s prolific record is likely to heap further pressure on the performance of Larry, the Number 10 cat, who was pictured earlier this year playing with a mouse before allowing it to escape in a clear dereliction of his duties.

Documents released under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws show Palmerston, named after former foreign secretary and two-time prime minister Viscount Palmerston, caught almost 30 mice since he came from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

But volunteers who look after the black-and-white cat claim that figure is “likely to be much higher”.

The FCO said: “The FCO does not keep an accurate figure for the amount of mice caught by Palmerston.

“The PUS’s (Permanent Under-Secretary, Sir Simon McDonald) office do receive reported sightings of Palmerston catching mice - so far (since Palmerston’s arrival in April 2016) this figure is at 27.

“This figure is likely to be much higher as these are only reported sightings.”

The FOI request also reveals that Palmerston is “usually” fed Whiskas, although much of his food is donated meaning he enjoys a variety of brands.

The FCO said it was unable to provide details of the cost of Palmerston’s care but added the bill was met voluntarily by staff.

Palmerston’s success is unlikely to help the mood of Larry or his Downing Street handlers.

Number 10 insiders have said in the past that the moggie has been happy to snooze while on duty and allow mice to scurry right under his nose.

But pictures taken in March showed that Larry even had an aversion to doing his job while awake as he played with a mouse before allowing it to scamper off.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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