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Friday, May 11, 2012

Double Acts

After Boris's lookalike alpaca, the other beastly double acts

By Claire Cisotti
They say we all have a doppelganger, but who'd have thought so many of our politicians would find theirs in the animal kingdom?
Last week, newly  re-elected London mayor Boris Johnson was compared to a scruffy-haired alpaca with a goofy grin. Here, some of the biggest names in politics are paired with their wild lookalikes . . .
Showing strain: With the Coalition coming under increasing pressure in recent months, the Prime Minister is beginning to resemble a grumpy dog
Showing strain: With the Coalition coming under increasing pressure in recent months, the Prime Minister is beginning to resemble a grumpy dog
Hawkish: Home Secretary Theresa May, who sometimes gets in a flap, closely resembles this startled hawk
Hawkish: Home Secretary Theresa May, who sometimes gets in a flap, closely resembles this startled hawk
Mr Toad: Jowly Communities Secretary Eric Pickles looks not unlike this bullfrog
Mr Toad: Jowly Communities Secretary Eric Pickles looks not unlike this bullfrog
Going ape: Re-elected Russian president Vladimir Putin is a vote-swinger
Going ape: Re-elected Russian president Vladimir Putin is a vote-swinger
The mane man: With his toothy grin, former prime minister Tony Blair closely resembles this donkey
The mane man: With his toothy grin, former prime minister Tony Blair closely resembles this donkey
Head in the sand: Margaret Beckett behaved like an ostrich over her expenses
Head in the sand: Margaret Beckett behaved like an ostrich over her expenses
Clarke-a-doodle-doo: With his hair in a spike, Ken Clarke looks similar to this cockerel
Clarke-a-doodle-doo: With his hair in a spike, Ken Clarke looks similar to this cockerel
Forked tongue: Peter Mandelson is prone to hissy fits
Forked tongue: Peter Mandelson is prone to hissy fits
Hippo-crite?: John Prescott and a hippopotamus
Hippo-crite?: John Prescott and a hippopotamus
Otterly uncanny: George Osborne loves banks as well
Otterly uncanny: George Osborne loves banks as well
Tortoise and the hairless: Foreign Secretary William Hague sticks his neck out
Tortoise and the hairless: Foreign Secretary William Hague sticks his neck out
Looky-lickies: Former PM Gordon Brown resembles a bulldog
Looky-lickies: Former PM Gordon Brown resembles a bulldog
Goofy: This is how the newly re-elected London mayor Boris Johnson was compared to a alpaca last week
Goofy: This is how the newly re-elected London mayor Boris Johnson was compared to a alpaca last week

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