UK Pol Kicks Kid in Dragon Costume

Ex-Cabinet minister apologizes for actions during Chinese New Year parade
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2010 1:50 PM CST
UK Pol Kicks Kid in Dragon Costume
Lord Norman Tebbit (left) with Lord Cecil Parkinson at the service of thanksgiving for Lord and Lady Callaghan in Westminster Abbey, July 28, 2005, in London.   (Getty Images)

A former UK Cabinet minister has apologized for charging into a Chinese New Year parade and kicking a boy in a dragon costume. Norman Tebbit, 78, "ran after the dragon and kicked it," says the owner of a restaurant on the route of the 20-year-old parade in Suffolk. "The child was upset. He did not know what was happening. Someone was kicking his bottom."

Tebbit "had heard a dreadful noise and went outside and found the street blocked," he tells the Daily Mail. He attempted to stop a drummer from drumming, "then got jostled by a dragon. I have never been jostled by a dragon before." After apologies all around, Tebbit, who is new to the neighborhood, has vowed "to co-operate with the prevailing culture."
(More British Cabinet stories.)

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