Talent in a Previous Life

Because It's Never Just About the Music

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

X Factor? 

You may remember Adam Rickitt, who was famed both for his role as Nicky Tilsley in Coronation Street and for his tireless - and occasionally tiresome - work as a pop star, a time of great struggle for him, given that he was so close to the poverty line that he was apparently unable to own a single item of above waist clothing. Well, despite the fact that the disease which shares his surname probably has more public popularity than he does these days, the Tory party have quite excitedly announced that he'll be standing as an MP at some point in the future. Perhaps. If he gets selected that is. Also, we may be misremembering things, but we're sure that, similar to the current furore over David Cameron, when he was doing his pop thing, lots of people were convinced that he was the sort of person who enjoyed nothing better than taking coke. Something like that anyway.

At least he's being consistent, though. He was unfashionable and unpopular during his previous career, so the Conservatives must seem like a natural home for him.

But why should we be so surprised at this move? After all, pop stars are experts in knowing what the audience wants to hear and give it to them. Indeed, with the plethora of TV talent shows which fill up the airwaves, many of them are far more successful than most politicians in persuading people to vote for them, even if a similar sense of disappointment and disillusionment washes over us shortly after they succeed. OK, maybe they're not used to the sort of hard-hitting questioning style practiced by James Naughtie or Jeremy Paxman, but given that most policy announcements these days seem to come from the GMTV sofa, they'll already be used to a far tougher grilling from Smash Hits journalists unconvinced that blue actually is their favourite colour after all.

In fact, when you think about it, filling the House of Commons with pop stars instead of politicians seems like one of the greatest ideas ever. So much so, in fact, that we got on the phone and asked a number of them what they would implement if they ever got elected. Here's what they said:-