The comedian Al Murray has announced that he is standing for parliament in the general election in May.
Murray has chosen the seat of South Thanet, also being contested by UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who has been described as "the black mirror in which Murray's jokes are reflected".
He's standing as his comic persona, the Pub Landlord.
I'm a fan of Murray - I went to see him at Leicester's De Monfort Hall a few years ago - had a great evening.
His "Pub Landlord" character is a loud-mouthed right-wing reactionary who opposes anything that isn't British, somewhat different from Murray in real life.
Announcing his intention to stand, he said:
“It seems to me that the UK is ready for a bloke waving a pint around offering common sense solutions"
His policies include:
The pound will be revalued at one pound 10p, so it will now be worth 10p more. Common sense.
If you come to A&E and it’s neither an accident nor an emergency then you will be sent to a random hospital department to be practised on. Common sense.
Germany has been too quiet for too long. Just saying.
We brick up the Channel Tunnel. With British bricks. Probably have to get some Poles in to do it. Common sense.
Law and Order
Unemployment causes crime: I propose to lock up the unemployed. Common sense.
Whatever else happens, Murray's campaign promises to bring some laughter to the General Election campaign, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all pans out.