In a cruel twist of fate, Jeremy Corbyn has revealed he thinks his cat, El Gato, may be ‘a bit of a Tory’.
The Labour leader said he had grown concerned after El Gato – Spanish for ‘the cat’ – showed a ‘disappointing individualism and lack of concern for others’ reports The Telegraph.
But before anyone starts sticking the boot into old Corbs too much – the remarks were made in jest as he took questions from Sunday Mirror readers in the run up to his leadership battle against Owen Smith.
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One witty reader asked Mr Corbyn:
What are El Gato’s politics? Is he in favour of your democratic socialism or does he prefer Chairman Miaow?
[My wife] Laura and I have been discussing his politics for some time We were concerned about his disappointing individualism and lack of concern for others. Basically, we thought he was a bit of a Tory.
But lately he has let the neighbourhood stray eat from his dish and they are beginning to become mates. So I’ve detected a gentler kind of politics coming out of El Gato.
But this isn’t the first time Mr Corbyn has been questioned about his feline comrade.
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Back in January he told The Independent:
When I see the cat I say: “Buenos dias, El Gato.” Actually, cats don’t know their name, cats know voices.
What he does respond to when I ask him to come in, is the tune of Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree. I whistle to it. I can’t sing, you see.
If only the Parliamentary Labour Party, the press and the majority of the British voting public were as easy to win over eh Jeremy?