In a shameless attempt to win influence with those in high places, I have voted for Guy Opperman’s red labrador Zola in the Westminster dog of the year contest.
We’re on political manoeuvres to get her to the top job, but we need your help to #BarkBackBetter
— Guy Opperman (@GuyOpperman) October 2, 2021
I am no expert in canine affairs, I didn’t even know there was such a beast as a fox-red labrador, thought Zola a pint sized striker and didn’t know a mutt could have an “in depth knowledge of pension policy”.
But I’m keen to see Zola get the top job too and hope that you’ll spend a second voting. She has an important political role and I dare say without Zola we might not have had a Pension Scheme’s Act, CDC, a mandated pensions dashboard, criminal powers for TPR and the DB funding code. She could drive other pet projects at the Tory shindig kicking off today #CPC21.
Zola – the wonder dog
Zola is being put to good use “charming secretaries of state” and annoying passengers on the East Coast Line as his owner travels from Hexham to Westminster. She is also a calming influence on her owner as he prepares for Work and Pension Select Committees (is that as tough as it gets Guy?).
In the all important pitch for glory the Minister of State for pensions puts forwards Zola’s credentials thus;
Zola is clearly a trailblazer for fox red labs in Westminster demonstrating her worthiness of such a title. She is much loved by MPs and staffers alike for her adorableness and without a doubt would win a landslide in any parliamentary election.
Pimp ma bitch!
And there’s a personal story here too. Opperman regularly remarks about his fading charms, he does so again in Zola’s entry
We also are in desperate need of some good looks for the Instagram, so Zola fills that role as I cannot!
Some may wonder whether Opperman is desperately seeking his young and female side. I say – give the Minister and Zola a break – this dog is clearly perking our minister up, even if he doesn’t look overly enthusiastic about those Tory slogans.
In the interest of blogging balance, I should point out that not everyone is impressed
Any chance you could work towards proper funding of health and education in your constituency instead of this bollocks?
— Thgirw (@Thgirw5) October 2, 2021
But I’ve fallen for this outsized puppy and won’t have any truck with such stuff
Normal service will be resumed next week. Let’s see how the Treasury and DWP are working together over this Big Investment Bang. My spies tell me that Opperman will need all the charm he can muster!