Palmerston, the Foreign Office’s resident cat, has retired from mousing responsibilities to “spend a lot more time soothing away from the limelight”.
In a “letter”, he states he has moved away from Whitehall and is now climbing trees somewhat than “overhearing all the international dignitaries’ conversations”.
The black-and-white rescue cat, who has much more than 105,000 Twitter followers, arrived from Battersea in 2016.
He has been known to clash with Larry, Amount 10’s principal mouse-catcher.
Their decidedly undiplomatic disputes – which have incorporated several hissy matches and a stand-off in total see of the push in Downing Street – are not assumed to have hastened his departure.
Named right after the famously interventionist and amorous 19th-Century Foreign Secretary and Primary Minister Viscount Palmerston, Palmerston has usually highlighted in pictures involving viewing officials.
In a distinctly anthropomorphic letter despatched to Overseas Office long-lasting secretary Sir Simon McDonald, Palmerston “writes” that although there, he “pawed quite a few memorandums” and established up his own “parallel network” for intelligence accumulating.
He provides that, in the course of the pandemic he, like so many other civil servants, has made a decision to “work from home” rather than in the business office, though remaining “as diligent as ever”.
Palmerston, whose age in cat many years is unsure, creating a pension uncertain, has moved to an undisclosed spot “in the countryside”.
He guarantees to keep on being “an ambassador for the UK” and praises his fellow “diplocats” and “diplodogs”.
Palmerston, whose letter mercifully refrains from puns on “paw-licy” and contractual “claw-ses”, suggests he will enjoy much more “me time” around the summer season and past.
A substitute has but to be appointed, to the possible delight of Foreign Business mice, who have nevertheless to comment.
Feasible names for Palmerston’s successor – assuming the link to previous international secretaries is preserved – involve Canning, Bathurst, Balfour, Eden, Rifkind and Miliband.