Britain’s beleaguered prime minister, Theresa May, finally resigned on Friday, kicking off an intra-party succession battle of Tory (read: conservative) party members. Possible successors include former London mayor Boris Johnson, as well as a slew of lesser-known politicians vying for England’s top job.
However, frustrated Britons seem to doubt the capabilities of these career politicians. According to Twitter, a growing chorus of Britons are suggesting that 10 Downing Street’s longest-serving resident, Larry the Cat, is better suited for the role.
“I demand that they bring back Larry the Cat. Must be our new PM,” user LMarstonCFC wrote on Twitter. Others noted that Larry, a 12-year-old tabby who has served as 10 Downing Street’s “Chief Mouser” since being adopted from an animal shelter in 2011, has already outlasted two Prime Ministers.
I demand that they bring back Larry the Cat. Must be our new PM pic.twitter.com/L0CRYcOo8B
— Lauren (@LMarstonCFC) May 24, 2019
Even Larry — perhaps still grumpy after being unceremoniously removed from his favorite stoop minutes before May’s address – threw in his virtual two cents.
“I am announcing that I’m standing to become the next Prime Minister, the cat “wrote” on Twitter handle using his unofficial Twitter handle, @Number10cat. “If Boris Johnson is running, then people deserve a serious candidate too….” He threw in hashtags #LarryForPM and #YesWeCat for good measure.
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) May 24, 2019
Who do you think should become Britain’s next prime minister? May the best animal win!
J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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