Though it was never really going to be a shining beacon of modern democracy in action, I’m still alarmed at the candidate chosen by Vote For Me, politics’ answer to Pop Idol. The successful candidate, Rodney Hylton-Potts, it seems, holds distinctly right-wing views. Unlike Pop Idol, where the public pick the blandest and most inoffensive of acts, with politicians, it seems, we like them obnoxious and loud.
He is a man with some experience of the legal system, not only as a former solicitor (and if you doubt that, just look at the hilarious Terms & Conditions on his website), but also as a prisoner, having spent a couple of years as Her Majesty’s guest at Brixton prison, after a spot of mortgage fraud. While trying to pass himself off as a man who has been punished and has since repented for his own crimes, citing “only prison works” as a solution to crime, he then changes tack and states his vehement support for the castration of paedophiles.
He also advocates cutting the population by a third in the long term, through stopping all immigration (unless they’re immensely rich, in which case they’re more than welcome, presumably as they’ll then be able to invest in offshore tax havens, like Rodney advocates) and reducing the birth rate by removing all family-related tax incentives, which will be just dandy, until the number of young people of working age becomes so low it becomes impossible to fund or even staff the additional social security and healthcare needs that our rapidly ageing population would demand.
Most bizarrely of all, he advocates scrapping the Human Rights Act – not even watering it down or replacing with something lesser, but binning it completely. In fact, there is not a single word of support for human rights in his manifesto. For a man who claims to represent “the people” and is against those in the political elite, it’s a tad hypocritical for him to be scrapping a key piece of legislation that protects people from the excesses of those in power.
Maybe what he lacks in intelligence, he makes up in experience, though I’m not sure whether being involved in a deal to buy up cemeteries on the cheap, then flogging them for millions, in association with Westminster Council (when it was led by that most honest of politicians, Dame Shirley Porter) is the right grounding for a politician claiming to be “man of the people”.