Remember him? Silver-haired former daytime TV presenter (forced to quit over racist comments) turned ranting political fanatic who was so loopy even UKIP didn’t want him – so bonkers, in fact, that even the anti-EU party he founded himself, Veritas, soon decided that it didn’t want him either.
Believe it or not, he’s still an MEP. And despite being an elected official with a duty to serve his constituents, he’s also being shipped off to Australia to take part in mindless (and stupidly-punctuated) TV programme I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.
His constituents shouldn’t worry too much about losing his selfless public service in Brussels and Strasbourg, however. He’s hardly known for being a hard-working politician – and still appears to have made no speeches in the parliament since October 2005… (Surely even he’s not that bad?) Though, to be fair, he has been asking an interminable series of written questions, mostly on subjects that have nothing whatsoever to do with the East Midlands, and many of them repetitive rewordings of themselves.
And hell, it’s not like he’s going to be out in the jungle getting tortured for our pleasure for long – the bookies already have him pegged as the most unpopular contestant before it’s even started, so he’s likely to be the very first “celebrity” to be voted off the show.
If only it were that easy to get rid of our politicians, eh?