UK Pol Kicks Kid in Dragon Costume
Ex-Cabinet minister apologizes for actions during Chinese New Year parade
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2010 1:50 PM CST
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)
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(Newser) – 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."