A government minister shocked a group of business officials last Thursday — when he carried a small dog into a meeting on, erm, a cushion. Energy minister Greg Barker was meeting delegates from power companies when he brought the dog into the session.
The pampered pooch is believed to be Barker’s dachshund puppy, Otto. This is not the first time the dog has caused consternation in Whitehall, with civil servants having to clean up the mess after Otto took an unscheduled toilet break during a visit by the Columbian environment minister.
Otto’s output is at least consistent with the remainder of DECC policy.