Monday, June 08, 2009

David Blunkett attacked by charging cow

I think we Labour Party types could do with a bit of light relief today. Try this:

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett is recovering after being injured by a charging cow in Derbyshire.
The incident happened on Saturday while the Sheffield MP was out walking on his 62nd birthday with his guide dog Sadie in the Peak District. It is believed the cow ran at the dog and while trying to protect her, the blind MP fell and was trampled.
He suffered a broken rib and "painful bruising" but was declared well enough to attend a Labour Party meeting later.

I’m very impressed by his gallant devotion to Sadie.

Alison Pratt, from the National Farmers' Union, gave the following advice to others should they find themselves in a similar position. "The best thing to do is to let the dog off the lead so it can run away because obviously a dog can run faster than you," she said. "The next thing to do is to get quite quickly to the edge of the field, collect the dog and leave."

Probably wise, but perhaps easier said than done when the dog in question is your guide dog.

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