Home secretary David Blunkett suffered an injury at weekend after being trampled by a cow.
Now you may laugh, but this is really what happened, you couldn’t make this stuff up.
David Blunkett was out walking with his guide dog Sadie in the Peak District on Saturday, his 62nd birthday, when a cow appeared to take a dislike to the dog and charged at her. Mr Blunkett bravely tried to protect his dog, a black Labrador crossbreed, but unfortunately slipped and was trampled by the animal.
In an interview with the Sun the Sheffield MP stated:
“I let go of Sadie and she shot off. But the next thing I knew, I’d stumbled to the ground and the animal fell over, too. She hit my side and broke my rib. Had her full weight of around a ton hit me, I’d have been a goner. I know the public are furious with politicians, but I didn’t realise the anger has spread to Britain’s cow population, too.”
It is good to see the incident hasn’t affected Mr Blunkett’s sense of humour.
A spokesman for the MP said: “He has a broken rib and has painful bruising. He is now making his way down to London extremely slowly to attend the parliamentary Labour party meeting this evening.”
In Mr Blunkett’s shoes, I’m sure we would all have done the same to protect our dogs.