In 2009, as part of a reader Q&A, the Brighton Argus asked David Cameron who he thought would win in a fight between a baboon and a badger. Unsurprisingly, Cameron ducked it – but now there’s a hot new question at the centre of cross-species political pugilism.
UKIP leader Henry Bolton has been bragging this last week that he could kill a badger with his bare hands. Which prompts the question: Who would win in a fight between a Bolton and a badger?
We asked our resident countryside expert for their opinion on the bout.
“Every bit of a badger is over-engineered and unusually strong: bones, teeth, even skin. There are many stories of bullets bouncing off their skulls, cars hitting them at 30mph with seemingly no effect etc. They are also extremely fighty when threatened. There’s a reason farmers go after them with guns and don’t just punch them to get them to leave.
“I reckon in hand-to-paw combat any UKIP member would get savagely bitten – and hopefully die of sepsis.”