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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

High noon in Downing Street

The big stand-off in politics is not Corbyn versus Owen Smith. It is not the battle for leadership of the Greens or of UKIP. It is not even the oneupmanship between Theresa May and the European Union over Brexit. The main event is the rivalry between Larry, the cat currently occupying Number 10 Downing Street and Palmerston, the Foreign Office's cat.

The Telegraph reports that Palmerston seems to have inherited the Downing Street ambitions of Boris Johnson. He was caught sneaking in to Theresa May's new residence while no one was looking.

The black-and-white cat, who was appointed Chief Mouser to the Foreign Office earlier this year after being adopted from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, was unceremoniously evicted by police officers.

The paper says that he then sat outside the building, looking furious, and even appeared to have a stand-off with a police officer.

They add that amid the post-referendum upheaval within the Government, Palmerston and his No 10 rival Larry have been at each others' throats recently. One violent clash outside the Foreign Office is thought to have resulted in a paw injury to Larry which required veterinary treatment.

The photo above shows that this rivalry is far from over. Larry sits guarding the door of Number 10 Downing Street, whilst Palmerston contemplates his next move. All the other political cat fights pale in comparison.
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