A cabinet minister has been banned from using an office microwave to heat his dog’s cushion — after disgusted staff complained over food hygiene fears. Climate change minister Greg Barker was using the device to spoil his pet dachshund Otto.

Back in March, Political Scrapbook revealed that Barker had carried Otto into a meeting on a cushion to the astonishment of senior executives from power companies. But his willingness to pamper the dog has reached hitherto unknown lengths.

An anonymous civil servant told the Mirror:

“When he first arrived we had to watch our step as the dog wandered around the office, but we put up with that. But when he started using our microwave to keep the dog nice and snug with a heated cushion, it proved he thinks more of the dog than us.”

The dog — who has also been known to defecate on DECC carpets — has now been confined to Barker’s office.

  1. “it proved he thinks more of the dog than us.”>/i>

    Yes, anon. Civil Serpent. And WE think more of his dog than we do of you, so bloody get over it you little sponger.

  2. Joseph Alan jones says:

    Barker is my MP. Area mainly consists of old ladies. Such a loverly fellow. Don’t turn your back to him.

  3. I have no doubt that Otto will have more integrity, and be more loyal, than any other living creature within Whitehall. Enjoy your cushion, Otto.

  4. Matt

    “Yes, anon. Civil Serpent. And WE think more of his dog than we do of you, so bloody get over it you little sponger.”

    What an unbelievable twat. Where do you people come from?

  5. Not couched in terms that I would have used personally, but Vertebrae does have a valid point Dave.

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