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15 January 2015 - Comedian Al Murray to stand against UKIP in general election

Publié par Clifford Armion le 15/01/2015


Al Murray to stand for MP as The Pub Landlord - against Ukip's Nigel Farage
Staff (The London Evening Standard)
Al Murray has said that he will stand for Parliament at the general election in his guise as The Pub Landlord - against Ukip leader Nigel Farage.
The comedian - whose creation is famed for extolling the joys of all things British - plans to stand in Thanet South, Kent, for his newly-formed Free United Kingdom Party.
Explaining his decision to stand, he said: "It seem to me that the UK is ready for a bloke waving a pint around, offering common sense solutions."
His comment appeared to be a direct jibe at Mr Farage, who is often pictured during impromptu lunchtime photocalls with a drink in his hand in a pub.
Oxford-educated Murray has created an action plan in the guise of his patriotic character, in which he promises: "I pledge that the UK will leave Europe by 2025 and the edge of the Solar System by 2050. Common Market sense.
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Scotland

Al Murray: 'I'd make Alex Salmond First Minister of Norwich'
Mark McLaughlin (The Telegraph)
Comedian Al Murray says he intends to make Alex Salmond First Minister of Norwich if he is elected to Parliament in his bid to usurp Ukip leader Nigel Farage at the general election.
The star - whose Pub Landlord character is famed for extolling the joys of all things British - plans to stand in Thanet South for his newly-formed Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP).
Outlining his "common sense" policy for Scotland, Mr Murray said: "Alex Salmond will be made First Minister for Norwich, so he can get to understand what being ignored by the rest of the country is really like."
Mr Salmond stood down as Scottish First Minister following his unsuccessful bid for Scottish independence in September.
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FUKP

Last orders for Nigel Farage? Pub Landlord takes on Ukip
Frances Perraudin (The Guardian)
Murray announced his plans to stand for his newly formed Free United Kingdom party, or FUKP. In a blatant parody of Ukip, the party claims to champion “common sense policies for common sense people”. Its logo is an upside-down pound sign, not dissimilar to Ukip’s purple and gold pound sign logo.
“We in the FUKP don’t claim to have all the answers, or indeed, any of them,” says Murray in a campaign launch video posted to YouTube, “but what we do promise is that we will save the British pub, fight Germany if they’re up for it and burn down the Houses of Parliament for the insurance.”
In the video Murray pledges to slash the price of a pint of beer to just a penny and to brick up the Channel tunnel. He says: “It seems to me that the UK is ready for a bloke waving a pint around offering common-sense solutions.”
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Speech

Al Murray announces he's running against Farage in South Thanet
Staff (The New Statesman)
"That is why I am here to announce my intention to run for election as member of parliament for the constituency of South Thanet. Let it be known, like many of the parliamentary hopefuls in the upcoming election, I have no idea where South Thanet is. But did that stop Margaret Thatcher from saving the Falkland Islands? No.
I will not at any point try to reach out to you. Ugh. I will not be offering the nation a conversation. Who wants to talk to politicians? Nobody normal. I'm not going to pretend you're my friends either. No. The reason I'm standing is because the system is broken. We all know it is. You hear people saying you shouldn't vote. Well, you should vote, you should vote boys and girls, and you should vote for me."
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"15 January 2015 - Comedian Al Murray to stand against UKIP in general election", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2015. Consulté le 24/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2015/15-january-2015-comedian-al-murray-to-stand-against-ukip-in-general-election