Should we save Larry from the clutches of the Cameron family? This is the message of the hashtag #SaveLarry which flows on Twitter in the UK after the release of The Telegraph on In It Together: The Inside Story of the Coalition Government, released on September 30.
Indeed, it seems that Larry, the cat of 10 Downing Street, and the Prime Minister David Cameron aren't getting along well. The author of the book, the journalist Matthew d'Ancona, asserts that the Cameron family can no longer stand the presence of the cat, and that Larry was an instrument of communication:
It all started with a rat problem: in February 2011, one of them had shown itself during a BBC live broadcast. According to the Daily Mail, David Cameron had initially rejected the idea of getting a cat to restore the order. But under the pressure of his entourage, he gave in, and Larry was then recruited from a shelter for dogs and cats in the suburbs of London.
Beyond his poor performance - as Larry only caught a single rat, after a year of service - the feline alienated his host, who hated having cat hair on his suits and the smell of cat food.
These revelations have raised sympathy for Larry and hate for the Prime Minister (British bookmakers even offer to bet on who, Larry or David Cameron, would leave his post first).
To calm everyone, David Cameron released a Tweet Saturday:
In the meantime, the parodic Twitter account of Larry the cat continues to critic UK politics!