Joanna Lumley for PM?
Call it the Reagan, Eastwood or Schwarzenegger effect. Celebrities by definition possess a face and name recognition which the vast majority of politicians fail to attain throughout their entire lives. If, as Enoch Powell observed, all political careers end in failure, it is equally true that all bar a few in each generation end in utter and thankless obscurity. The only real celebrity politician at the moment is Boris. The name recognition is instant.
And let us not be discriminatory or unkindly career-ist in trashing the intellectual capabilities or political acumen of members of the entertainment profession. One is as likely to be able to form a government from the diverse members of Equity as one may find chancellors, ministers and secretaries of state among the myriad of one-legged Asian lesbians we shall doubtless have in the next Parliament by virtue of positive discrimination.
Joanna Lumley MP?
Her campaign for the Gurkhas has been inspirational, and the outcome a euphoric victory. The Home Secretary has announced today that all Gurkha veterans who retired before 1997 with at least four years' service will be allowed to settle in the UK. Joanna Lumley has rectified a manifest injustice and shamed the Government. Politicians on all sides ought to fear the independent and very real threat of potential 'Jury Team' candidates.