Setting the cat among the parliamentarians
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