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Gove's dog-whistle politics

The long weeks of campaigning are over and the results are finally in.

Rob Flello's Diesel is said to have been “delighted” by his victory in the Kennel Club’s MP Dog of the Year competition today.

Michael Gove’s Snowy came in second place and even earned a mention in the House of Commons for his trouble.

Labour’s Kevin Brennan was poking a bit of fun at Gove during the Business Statement and pointed to his recent Francis Urquhart impression and Game of Thrones tribute to suggest that the Leader of the House should be concerned by the “attention-seeking antics” of the Chief Whip.

When the Snowy news broke, however, Brennan took the opportunity to correct the record with a point of order.

“May I take the opportunity to apologise to the Leader of the House for suggesting during the Business Statement that he was wrong when he said the Government Chief Whip was gainfully employed? I understand the Government Chief Whip and his dog Snowy have just come runners-up in the Parliamentary Dog of the Year competition so I withdraw the implication that he hasn’t got much to do with his time.”

Cats and dogs

 

Cat lovers in Parliament have been having a tough time of it today.

Not only have dogs been soaking up the limelight at the Kennel Club’s Dog of the Year show, there’s also little hope for a new influx of cats to Westminster take on their other mortal enemy: rodents.

Tory MP Anne McIntosh raised the potential for some mousers to deal with the rats and mice on the estate that is “spiralling out of control”.

But John Thurso, speaking for the House of Commons Commission, rejected bringing in a new squad of felines.

“Given the scale and size of the estate, it would be necessary to have a great number of cats to make any real impact. And having a herd of cats on the Parliamentary Estate would present a number of difficulties. I’m advised by my own chief whip that herding cats is quite difficult.”

Boris hacking storm

 

 

 

 

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, Conservative Parliamentary candidate, awful, awful footballer.

As a group of nine-year-olds danced around him during a football kickabout, the lumbering Mayor of London decided to pull a tactical foul on one of the insubordinate youths.

As Sky News questioned him on his dirty tricks campaign, a repentant Boris said:

“That was a total mistake. I apologise very much. I was going for the ball.”

Unfortunately, the Mayor's credibility has to be called into question given his history when it comes to football fouls: 

Absentee ballot

It’s polling day in Clacton-on-Sea, when voters get their long-awaited opportunity to exercise their democratic right and choose their MP.

Judging by the pictures here, Douglas Carswell enjoyed his visit to the polling booth, apparently to vote for himself.

There’s just one problem: Carswell isn’t actually eligible to vote in the constituency.

As embittered former colleagues have enjoyed pointing out in recent days, the defector’s main residence is in Fulham, while the place he rents closer to his workplace – and lists on the by-election nomination form – is in fact in Bernard Jenkin’s Harwich and North Essex constituency.

Still, thumbs up, eh?

Clacton-on-Seabiscuit

If you're Nigel Farage, how do you follow up being pictured on a Ukip-draped tank?

By greeting the latest Ukip defector to the Clacton, erm, neigh-bourhood, of course.  


Speculation that Ukip’s newest member was once an old Trot remains unconfirmed.