Not Saussure

June 2, 2007

A low-cost president for Great Britain?

Filed under: Uncategorized — notsaussure @ 5:47 pm

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.



  1. NS, I am sure Messrs. Higham and Bennett are heartily fed up of being mentioned in the same sentence.

    Welshcakes would be an awesome choice for president, not only on the basis of her myriad excellent qualities, but also that off-shoring our presidency would be a fine expression of the nation’s modernity in this age of globalisation.

    Comment by Ian Appleby — June 3, 2007 @ 10:47 am

  2. In the unlikely event of the UK becoming a Republic I shall be voting for whichever female member — yes, I’m stuanchly following my completely sexist opinion that Queens are inherently superior to Kings — of the currently Royal House of Windsor, who looks most likely to know their place as Veremonial Head of State. The will quite suitably outrage and annoy every single Republican within several hundred miles.

    And bugger the expense.

    Currently that would be The Queen as President, followed by The Princess Royal.

    Comment by SKapusniak — June 3, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

  3. Let’s face it, it has to be me.


    Comment by Devil's Kitchen — June 4, 2007 @ 11:28 am

  4. Yep. Low-cost, dignified, purely ceremonial — can’t imagine why I didn’t think of you immediately, DK.

    Comment by notsaussure — June 4, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

  5. Screw that, vote me in – I’ll change the national anthem to Donald Where’s Your Troosers and replace the Union Flag with a fluffy pink bunny.

    Comment by Flying Rodent — June 4, 2007 @ 6:28 pm

  6. Colbert for President! I love the guy and even though he’s wacky and wierd, he’d be better than any of the other candidates.

    Comment by retro — November 20, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

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