Richard Fairbrass, out of Right Said Fred from the Daz adverts ("we can be sexy again") is throwing his big cowboy hat into whatever sort of ring it is that is used to declare one's intention to run for mayor. And mayor London, at that:
“I have been living here since 1982 and London has definitely improved.
“But I think Ken has been in the hotseat too long — it’s time for a change.
“I want to stand as an independent candidate with a manifesto for the real working people of London.
“They make it the brilliant city it is. It’s not just about the super-rich."
It's about time - someone, at last, to stand up for the everyday working folk of London - the guys and girls toiling away appearing in soap powder commercials, filling out reality TV hairdressing programmes, selling gigs off the back of a quasi-novelty hit from a decade ago. It's time those, the real people of the city, had their day.
Still, at least it's not a campaign about the congestion charge, is it?
Oh, hang on:
We're not sure what happens if you live round the Oval, say, both within the old Surrey boundary and the M25. We do look forward to seeing Richard's suggested modifications to the congestion charge equipment to detect the real London-ness of a driver. Presumably the camera will be recalibrated enough to detect the glint of a button on a Pearly King's jacket.
Still, it's about time someone stood up against the tide of people coming from Surrey trying to enjoy the benefits that should, by rights, belong to "real Londoners."
Richard Fairbrass was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, in Surrey.
Still, great idea to give Londoners discounts and make people driving SUVs pay a premium. The only problem being that if you live in the heart of London, you already get a resident's discount, and Transport For London has already announced plans to charge polluting vehicles more than smaller cars.
Still, it's not Richard's only policy:
“And I would do everything in my power to work a way round the smoking ban. I think it is an absolute scandal.”
And if you've got people breathing in loads more second-hand smoke, you're going to need those nurses in greater numbers.
Vote Richard - smoke tabs.