Margaret Thatcher aka Maggie for President at PumpjackjPiddlewick

We named our pet duck Maggie after Margaret Thatcher. Mainly because she bullied her way into this life, and continues to do so. Nothing stops our Maggie from getting what she wants. Consequently, we think we should run Maggie for president here in France. Well, for anywhere really, but as France is having its elections in May, why not? The way elections around the world are occurring, it is not that far fetched.

A Game of Politics

Now normally I (Piddlewick) am not one for politics, or anything resembling, so this was not in fact my idea. The suggestion came from the men Pumpjack was pruning in the vineyard with this winter. Like men in a pub in England, in France they chat over vines and wine.

The talk, I was told, often turned to politics, what with Brexit and the US elections continuously making headlines. Not to mention the similar situations in Italy and Spain, and now in France, where people are or may vote against ‘politicians’. Perfect timing for a duck, was the thinking.

Talk Amongst Your Vines

The gentleman of the vines are fascinated by our having a pet duck. Everyday Pumpjack is asked how Maggie is and they want to hear the latest on dit of what she has been up to. What started out as jokes about duck confit and how tasty she would be on a plate, over time and tales (or would that be tails?), turned them into her staunchest supporters. It makes me smile, that she makes them smile.

So, because the hard working men of France requested it, here begins the Margret Thatcher (this duck is not for eating), aka Maggie for President campaign. The polls are open.

Vote Maggie for President

A selection of Campaign Promises has been determined, and we think you will agree, they make for a tempting candidate.

Free worms for everyone

Duck eggs available in every supermarket

Equal rights for Ducks amongst Chickens

Duck ponds in every village

Foxes allowed to live as long as they let live

What more could you want? (Well, if there is something, let Maggie know. Oh, and she says, like all good politicians, she is willing to take a bribe. Cat crunchies are her particular favourite.)

Vote Maggie for President Now!

Addendum – Post Elections.

Sadly, Maggie did not win. And although we feel she was by far the best candidate, she now turns her beak up at the whole kafuffle and has taken to brooding. Ducklings due shortly.






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  1. You know that I would right now is that “tout nous glisse comme sur les plumes d’un canard” (back translation: “all slides on us like on the duck feathers” or in proper english “Let it roll off your back”).

    And no more “froid de canard”!

  2. Fillon is said to be the ‘Thatcher’ of this campaign but I think your Maggie will give him a run for his money! (Especially as things for him are not exactly running like water off a duck’s back!)

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