Via Tim Worstall, the news that Peter Tatchell wants the UK to become a Republic (hold the front page, I know) and that, anticipating the objection we’d end up with President Blair, Mr Tachell writes,
But a US-Style president is not what most republicans want. I favour a low-cost, purely ceremonial, elected president, like the German and Irish presidents
For some un-earthly reason, Tim thinks this means we’d end up with President John Prescott, which rather implies the term ‘low-cost’ can’t mean quite the same to a member of the international scandium oligopoly as it does to the rest of us.
Who would we have, though, as our low-cost, purely ceremonial, elected president? Tim’s obviously disqualified, because low-cost and keeping him in the style to which he’s clearly accustomed wouldn’t be compatible. David Beckham is, presumably, ruled out on similar grounds.
Off the top of my head, I think it would have to be either James Higham or Alan Bennett, two very different but both very British chaps, either of whom would do a fine job, at, I’m sure, very reasonable rates. I’m open to other nominations, though. Possibly the Flying Rodent, as a sop to the Scot Nats. Welshcakes Limoncello would be another obvious choice, but but she’d have to live here to do the job and I doubt we’ll get her to return from Sicily.