EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Guide Dog Chipp on Larry the cat
The following is a full transcript of my interview with the ONLY real dog in the Lobby - Guide Dog Chipp:
Please use freely when mentioning Chipp!
SD - How do you feel about Larry, the Downing Street cat?
Chipp - Well believe it or not, this isn't about me. It's about what's right for the reputation of politics in the UK, and I believe, with every Nyla-Bone of my being that I am the right creature to continue to enhance the reputation of politics.
SD - Am I right to pick up on some anti-Larry feeling here Chipp?
Chipp - Not at all. Yes, sometimes there's this kind of knock-about that happens with cats and dogs. I mean we argue like Conservatives and Lib Dems, but actually you know, I don't think the public want us to be best friends. I feel passionately that cats do not have the right to exist, cats obviously feel that dogs don't have the right to exist - but as far as I'm concerned, we're both just arguing for what we honestly believe to be the case.
SD - What advice do you have for the Prime Minister when it comes to the question of trust?
Chipp - Well I'm not going to get drawn in to these kind of cats v dog splits that journalists seem so keen to propogate. All I'd say is that Larry the cat has a job, and I have a job. Larry is doing fantastic work in Number 10 by killing all the rats. Cats are of course great for dealing with rats, and I should like to throw my personal support behind the Prime Minister's aims here. All I'd say is that dogs are fantastic when it comes to dealing with turbulent cats. Just thought I'd mention that.