We need a Morris in the UK. I would love it. People are the same all over the world. We are disillusioned with politicians. This has been a gradual process and now with constant stories of how politicians work with big business to run our lives and exploit us we are entering a new phase in our distrust of the people who are meant to manage our countries, districts and towns.
The people of the town of Xalapa in Eastern Mexico have come up with a brilliant idea to make a statement: put forward companion and domesticated animals as candidates for mayor of the town. The most high profile companion animal candidate is a cat – of course. His name is Morris, a black and white moggie.
The people who are supporting Morris’s candidacy have a cleaver slogan:
‘Tired of Voting for Rats? Vote for a Cat’
Cats are effective rat catchers and rodent killers. Surely a cat would represent the people extremely well as he’d be able to get rid of all those rats in government.
The picture above is from the Morris FB page. See it here (opens new tab/window).
I get the feeling to that Morris is being well treated despite his celebrity, which, of course, I approve of. It is vital that his celebrity has no negative impact on his well being as corrupt and lazy politicians are a human problem.
Morris’s human caretaker is Sergio Chamorro. Morris is almost 2 years old. Chamorro says that Morris is a catalyst for the discontent of people with their politicians. We need something like that in England. There is a terrible disillusionment with our government in the UK. Previous governments were worse or no better. Constant failure over many years across many aspects of life have left us with little trust in government generally. They are all the same. We live in hope of something better. It never arrives.
Morris’s election campaign is particularly nice because donated money and money raised through sales of T-shirts etc. is given to an animal shelter.
Most of Morris’s election activity takes place on internet social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook where he is more active and more popular than many human mayoral candidates. Surprisingly, I can’t find his FB page, though (update next day: Harvey – see comment – found it for me). This is probably because it will all be in Spanish. He has 115,000 “likes” apparently.
Stubbs, a dilute red tabby cat, is the mayor of an Alaskan town, I understand. This is a trend! You may remember that the Italians were enthusiastic in voting for a comedian in their recent general election. That, too, is a statement of discontent with the status quo. The cat candidate is the better idea.
Note: I wonder if Morris got his name from the UK Morris, a red tabby who represented 9 Lives cat food.
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