The political week in five rather silly stories

October 24, 2014 admin No comments

We’ve all had this reaction to politics, but after some of the stories this week we all might be better off with chocolate bars.

If you love a good soap opera with people bickering about petty rivalries instead of dealing with bigger issues – then you will enjoy the best of Westminster this week.

We’ve got fluffy dogs… and lots of kittens

With fodder like this, it is difficult sometimes to remember that politics is normally all legislation, legislation legislation…

Here are the five silliest political stories:

1. Michael Gove came 2nd place in a dog contest

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Michael Gove MP for Surrey Heath with his Bichon Frise, Snowy, who won second place at the  Westminster Dog of the Year competition at Victoria Tower Gardens in London, organised by the Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 23, 2014. The competition, which is in its 22nd year, is open to all canines belonging to MPs and Lords and celebrates the special relationship between human and dog. 21 canines took part from the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties and Independents. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

Snowy does look rather cute (Picture: PA)

The controversial former education secretary was appearing with Snowy, his pet bichon frise, in the annual parliamentary dog of the year competition causing no small embarrassment to the Leader of the House of Commons William Hague.

Mr Hague was defending Mr Gove’s workload in the Commons stating: ‘I can assure you he is gainfully employed in many different ways.’

The veteran Tory politician was then informed by a member of the opposition that the Chief Whip was indeed busy competing in the Westminster’s equivalent of Crufts.

Read the full article here.

2. Alex Salmond is not done with the English just yet

His opponents thought they had seen the last of him after he declared he was standing down as the leader of Scottish National Party after losing the independence referendum.

Mr Salmond, however, scared opponents when asked by BBC’s Question Time presenter, David Dimbleby, whether he would consider standing for a Westminster seat in 2015.

He answered with this priceless non-answer: ‘The answer to your question David, absolutely decisively I can tell you I haven’t made up my mind.’

Remind you of anyone?

3. There are vermin in the Houses of Parliament…


Let David Cameron’s pet cat Larry have a go (Picture: Getty Images)

The democratic seat of the power is struggling with an infestation of mice that is apparently ‘spiralling out of control’ and is posing a ‘clear health hazard’ in the kitchens.

How long have we been saying the rodents in Westminster need clearing out.

MP Anne McIntosh, while highlighting the magnitude of the problem, told the commons it would take a ‘herd of carts’ to subdue the mice population.

Pest control have now been called despite an offer by the Battersea Dogs and Cats home to put their best ‘mousers’ (rodent hunting cats) to the task.

4. Rochester and Strood by-election candidates are getting ready to rumble

The candidate list has been confirmed and you will all be sad to hear the Monster Raving Loony Party are not competing for the constituency.

For UKIP, this is their second opportunity to get another seat in the House of Commons in the form of defected Tory MP, Mark Reckless.

By-elections as a rule are politics at their most comic.

Expect mud-slinging, farcical issues, and competing promises regarding bin collections and pub closing times.

For a forecast of what is to come, Blackadder is a good guide:

5. Want see a photo of Nigel Farage or some cute kittens?

Tough choice.

Well, thanks to the developers, Tea and Kittens, there is Google chrome app entitled UKIttens that turns all photos of the UKIP leader into fluffy cats.

Considering the problems in parliament with vermin, surely the more kittens in politics, the safer we all are.

For the full article click here.

MORE: So who’s the top dog of Westminster politics? We’re talking dogs and Michael Gove

MORE: Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond to step down

MORE: Nigel Farage humiliated over Ukip Calypso – It was unfunny, unloved and definitely racist

(Picture: Getty Images/PA)

A week is a long time in politics (Picture: Getty Images/PA)

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