Insights from the UK and beyond
Ducks are waddling all over the newspapers today after the revelation that Tory MP Sir Peter Viggers claimed 1,645 pounds for a so-called “Stockholm” pond house to give his ducks shelter from foxes and the cold.
Cartoonists have had a field day.
Matt in the Daily Telegraph has two ducks surveying their aquatic pavilion with one saying to the other: “do you think we could fit a plasma TV in there?”
Steve Bell in the Guardian has two “sitting ducks” dressed as MPs in the line of fire of the Department of Work and Pensions’ campaign to target benefit thieves.
In the Daily Mail, Mac has a pair of ducks sipping champagne on the pavilion deck with one observing: “Make the most of this. Our man is being forced to stand down at the next election.”
Tim in the Independent has a couple of people sitting in front of a TV which features the words “Out for a duck” with one asking the other: “Is that the cricket score or another Tory MP?”
And in the Daily Mirror, Kerber and Black have two ducks, faced with the news that Viggers is to retire, asking: “Does this mean we can’t get the conservatory done now?”
This last one so quacked up presenter Evan Davis on BBC radio’s “Today” show on Friday morning that there were fears he might not be able to go on.
Any other ideas for animals that might symbolise the scandal?