Well this is a sorry state of affairs.
After the referendum yesterday , we were up all night waiting for the results. During the day the Scottish Bears were so confident that they were going to win that they abandoned their posts on the third landing to vote and were busy pulling out all the stops to get their older Bears down to the kitchen to vote.
The rest of the Bears had hired a spokesman Horace, to try to persuade them to vote against independence with bribes of extra Honey, exclusive use of the second best television and promised extra powers such as first dibs on the marmalade. Given that three of the Older bears resident on the third landing were Paddingtons this was quite likely to appeal.
While the coast was clear the housekeeper used the opportunity to confiscate the bow and arrows and to rescue the best television and the play station.
So the whole House waited up and the smaller bears fell asleep where they sat , and the older bears played cards while the Housekeeper counted the votes and at 6 am declared much to general relief that the Scottish bears had been defeated by a margin 55 /45, narrow but decisive.
You'd think that would be the end of it, but no . The Scottish bears had a meeting and quickly worked out that the old bears especially the Paddingtons had lost them the vote on promises of extra honey and marmalade.,
"But we control the honey supply ourselves as we have all the bees already!" they protested, but the old bears were already dozing off, worn out by all the excitement.
Meanwhile downstairs in the Library a meeting of the rump of the house was taking place. "I can't see why they should have control of all the honey and extra supplies of marmalade", said Freddie who was very particular about his stomach."It don't seem fair!" he chided Horace "you shouldn't have promised- what are you going to give us to make up for it ?"
"Hmm" said Sir Archibald who was forced to intervene on Horace's behalf. "Promises have been made but no timetable so I think we'd better take some time to think about it."
The sting in the tail was that the very next day the bees flew off leaving the hives empty so now the Scottish bears have to rush to get a place in the queue for the supermarket supplies like everyone else!..... they are still grumbling!
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Monty Middlechild, Bear adventurer, and supporter of the Arts, An ardent Bear Politico speaking up on behalf of Bears Everywhere !