UK finance ministry's top cat toasts
first year in office
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[July 31, 2017]
LONDON (Reuters) - Twenty-two mice
scurrying around Britain's finance ministry have fallen foul of the
chief mouser to the Treasury since he took up residence one year ago
with a mission to reduce the government department's rodent population.
Gladstone - a black cat named after long-serving 19th century prime
minister and chancellor William Gladstone - joined the Treasury from a
rescue home a year ago, and has almost 10,000 followers on photo-sharing
"I'm a grafter! This last year I've caught 22 mice and I believe in
going the extra mile, so I've also caught 2 flies – it's harder than it
looks!" Gladstone said in a message on Friday to mark one year since he
joined the finance ministry.
Finance ministry officials, who manage Gladstone's social media
presence, regularly post photos of him wearing brightly colored bow-ties
to mark events such as gay rights celebrations, the introduction of a
new 1 pound coin and visits by foreign dignitaries.
Gladstone said the visitor he was most looking forward to was
International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, who is
due in London later this year.
"Until then I'll settle for the Chancellor. For a dog person, he's very
amenable," Gladstone said.
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The HM Treasury name is seen painted on the outside of Britain's
Treasury building in central London, Britain November 25, 2015.
Gladstone declined to be drawn on reports of rivalry with other
senior government felines such as Larry - who lives in Prime
Minister Theresa May's office - and the foreign office's Palmerston.
"When columnists try to pit you against other Whitehall felines,
stand tall - you're the top cat. That, and black is always
slimming," he said.
(Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Gareth Jones)
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