Tuesday, October 18, 2005

More on the Conservatives

(Press Association)

If there is one thing I like about the Conservative Party, among the many things I dislike about them, is that they are rarely boring!
The latest news is that former Coronation Street soap star, Adam Rickitt, is now on the Party's shortlist of candidates.
According to the BBC, a spokeswoman said that it was exciting to have younger people in line to become Conservative MP's. In other words there is a likely shortage of anyone available who was born between 1972 and 1984. I wonder why! He certainly looks a bit bewildered in the above photograph.
Rickitt was not the first celebrity to stand for Parliament. He follows in the path of TV Presenter Gyles Brandreth and British athlete Sebastian Coe, both of whom were elected in 1992, only to lose their seats in the 1997 avalanche. TV Journalist Jeremy Thorpe stood for Parliament for the Liberals in 1959, was elected, and then later stood on trial for conspiracy to murder. Then there is Glenda Jackson, who stood for, and won, Hampstead and Highgate in 1992.
Other celebrities who have stood for Parliament, and failed, involve a large and varied list. They include David Bellamy (Enviromentalist and TV Personality: Referendum, Huntingdon (John Major's seat), 1997),Sir Robin Day (Former BBC political interviewer: Liberal, Hereford, 1959), Sir James Goldsmith (Businessman: Referendum, Putney, 1997) Norris McWhirter (Guinness Book of Records Editor, "Record Breakers" TV Presenter and right-wing activist and campaigner: Conservative, Orpington, 1964 and 1966), Ross McWhirter (Guinness Book of Records Editor, "Record Breakers" TV Presenter and right-wing activist and campaigner: Conservative, Edmonton, 1964), Vanessa Redgrave (Actress on film and television: Workers Revolutionary Party, numerous occasions), Auberon Waugh (Author, satirist, and journalist: Dog Lover's Party, North Devon, 1979).
Well Adam, the path from celebrity to being elected to Parliament is riddled with failure, with some of the above finding that when they open their mouth, they find their politics are not as popular as their involvement with the trade for which they became famous. I just hope you know what you are doing.

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