I hear a surprising comment that a popular animated cartoon character has been selected to be the next Mayor of Margate! What a wonderful idea.
Further investigation reveals that in reality this is a 22 year old councillor called William Scobie and local wags have most comically got his name mixed up with that of a cartoon character called Scooby-Doo.
But I really do think it’s a wonderful idea.
For instance, I understand our local Conservative Party is looking for a new leader – so why not a Homer Simpson lookalike?
What better way to propel them back into the public imagination?
Of course he’d have to be rather overweight, bald, with a yellowing complexion and an overweening sense of his own self-importance importance… but, boys and girls, you could find someone, couldn’t you?
But watching the mayor of Margate in action on film is an awesome sight.
Just have a look at him on… Will Scobie
Even to Old Mole’s dim eyes, the 23-year old Mr William Scobie is destined for greater things.
So confident, so self-assured, so fluent, so media-savvy…
I put it to my great friend Janet from Thanet that this man is indubitably the next Tony Blair.
“Yeah,” Janet says, “All he needs to find is a couple of spare countries to smash, thousands and thousands of people to slaughter, and war crimes to dodge, and yeah, he could be the next Tony Blair.”