Heard in Europe

A large blow-up Trojan horse has become the mane event at protests against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

While supporters of the controversial trade deal may bridle at the inflatable equine’s appearance, it doesn’t stop protestors saddling the EU with accusations of a secret agenda behind the talks.

The mascot helps the folks at Friends of the Earth Europe and other NGOs to really get the bit between their teeth and whip up a storm of opposition.

Heard in Europe has learnt that the horse, currently hoofing it around demonstrations across Europe, has a name – Tippi.

This is not a reference to Tippi Hedren, star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, and the grandmother of Dakota Johnson – the star of Fifty Shades of Hay.

While we can’t reveal our source, the information came to us straight from the horse’s mouth.

Tippi is currently stabled somewhere in Germany. We won’t reveal her exact location, in case those intent on reining in the protests are tempted to indulge in foal play.

Such is Tippi’s increasing fame that she had to turn down an offer from a Belgian school gymnastics team to star in their production of that stirring tail, The Battle for Troy.

Tippi would have jumped at the offer of some horse-play but she was committed to a gruelling tour of European capitals.

So she had to say neigh to the chance of her stage debut.

Still, Tippi will continue jockeying for attention, cropping up all over the EU, and spurring the demonstrators on.

Whether it ultimately proves to be a whinnying combination remains to be seen.

*Apologies for the puns but you can’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Photo courtesy of Greens/EFA and Flickr. Published under a Creative Commons Licence.

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