Set­ting the cat among the par­lia­men­tar­i­ans

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It may come as no sur­prise to many Bri­tons that their coun­try’s Par­lia­ment is full of ro­dents – but th­ese are ac­tual mice rather than the men and women run­ning the show.

The Tele­graph re­ports that West­min­ster’s mainly Vic­to­rian build­ings have been over­run with mice and the Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home has of­fered a stray cat to clean up the cor­ri­dors.

But a re­port into the mat­ter found that set­ting a cat among the mice would cre­ate “very clear prac­ti­cal and tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties”, the Tele­graph re­ports.

John Thurso, a Lib­eral Demo­crat MP, said a “herd of cats” would be needed to cull the ro­dent pop­u­la­tion.

“With re­gards to the pos­si­bil­ity of a cat, given the scale and size of the es­tate, it would be nec­es­sary to have a great num­ber of cats to make any real im­pact.

“Hav­ing a herd of cats on the par­lia­men­tary es­tate would present a num­ber of dif­fi­cul­ties,” Thurso told fel­low MPs. “I am ad­vised by my own chief whip that herd­ing cats is quite dif­fi­cult.”

– Staff re­porter

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