This Side of the Pond

Notes from an uprooted Englishwoman


August 1, 2019

You may be wondering about my opinion of Boris Johnson, the UK’s newly chosen prime minister, but I’m afraid I cannot offer it. I am deferring my judgment until we hear from the government’s true barometer of the great, the worthy and the unwelcome.

Until this bastion of good taste chooses to place himself upon the lap of the premier, I cannot give him my support. I speak, of course, of the current holder of the prestigious title of Chief Mouser of the Cabinet. His name is Larry, and he is a cat.

Not just any cat, either. Larry’s residency at No. 10 Downing Street has now outlasted...

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