Boris Johnson was ruing his cluck as the Mirror Chicken challenged him to come clean on his past beak use yesterday.
Our feathered friend tackled the Tory, who is top of the leadership pecking order, over his fowl play in dodging questions on cocaine.
In 2007, birdbrain Boris – who once described the £250,000 he made writing his Telegraph column as “chicken-feed” – told GQ magazine: “I tried it at university and I remember it vividly. And it achieved no pharmacological, psychotropical or any other effect on me whatsoever.”
But then, in 2008, he did an eggs-asperating U-turn and claimed: “To say that I have taken cocaine is simply untrue.”
The Mirror Chicken decided to swoop as he left his South London home yesterday, demanding that he set the record straight on whether or not he had ever taken the drug.
But he got in a flap and refused to answer, before being plucked away by a waiting car. So for now, a straight and honest answer from Boris remains as rare as hen’s teeth.
The cocaine row isn’t the only scandal that may come home to roost as he vies for the Tory crown.
The former Mayor of London has ruffled feathers with past comments that include describing black people as “piccaninnies” and gay men as “bum boys”.
So while he is hoping for a leadership coop, he shouldn’t count his chickens before they hatch…