In all our sanctuaries we sit at risk

The Parrot Meets Mr Toad


This piece was written immediately after we heard that Boris Johnson had won the Tory leadership contest. The image of Mr Toad, a rather puffed up character in the children’s book “The Wind in the Willows” had already occurred to me.

The Tories seemed to have an inexhaustible supply of plagues with which to assail the UK. Here was their latest.

On my facebook page I wrote : For their next trick the Tories have lumbered us with a trumped up Mr Toad. A tousled Etonian toad. A twice-sacked-for-lying toad. A Trump toady. A toad who once travelled as far as Myanmar and while playing with his mobile in the temple there started to recite “The Road to Mandalay.”