Al Murray: 'I have a little bit of admiration for politicians'

Al Murray

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Comedian Al Murray decided he "wouldn't want to be a politician" after running against Nigel Farage in the 2015 general election, he has revealed.

Appearing on the Matthew Wright show, Mr Murray - who is known for his Pub Landlord persona - said running for election in Thanet South was an "interesting experience".

"The conspiracy theories that grew up around why I had done it were fantastic, and showed a glimpse into a mindset that is now totally on display and has entered mainstream politics," he said.



"Did you know one of the reasons I ran in South Thanet... it's because I'm David Cameron's first cousin and he put me up to it?"

He added: "You leave that to simmer on an internet message board and that turns into you're first cousins, he's put you up to it, the Tories are paying you to do it and so on. And that's just beautiful."



Al Murray performs in character as the Pub Landlord

However, his experience running for the seat gave him "admiration for politicians", he claimed.

"I have a little bit of admiration for politicians because people despise politicians and the political process, and they do it anyway.

"I had one big-headed afternoon where I thought 'What would you do if you won this seat?', and I decided what I would do is in Parliament on the floor of the Commons and I'd have been in character and gone in with my blazer and tie.

He added: "I would have done the surgeries and everything properly. For a year."