Comedian Al Murray, more commonly known for his ‘Pub Landlord’ persona, is looking to out-bloke Nigel Farage by standing for the Ukip head's seat in the 2015 general election - making the announcement through YouTube and Twitter.
When first released, viewers assumed Murray's statement was a comedy sketch however the comedian has confirmed he will go up against Nigel Farage for the constituency seat of South Thanet as a member of the newly formed Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP).
On the decision, Murray announced: "It seems to me that the UK is ready for a bloke waving a pint around offering common sense solutions. Let it be known that like many of the parliamentary hopefuls, I have no idea where South Thanet is but did that stop Margaret Thatcher from saving the Falkland Islands?"
I, @almurray The Pub Landlord, intend to stand in the general election for the constituency of South Thanet as part of the Free UK Party.
— FUKP (@FUKPnews) January 14, 2015
Nigel Farage accepted the challenge on Twitter, tweeting “The more the merrier”.
On immigration, Murray stated: “The reason they are coming here is because this is the greatest country in the world. The only way to stop them is for a government to change that and make things a whole lot worse. Look no further. However, in the meantime, we brick up the Channel Tunnel. With British bricks. Probably have to get some Poles in to do it. Common sense."
On Europe, the comedian offered: "I pledge that the UK will leave Europe by 2025 and the edge of the Solar System by 2050. Common Market sense. In the meantime Greece to be bought and operated by Kent County Council. Couldn't be worse. Someone to do the bins at least."
It is unlikely Murray will be invited to take part in the planned televised general election debates which prime minister David Cameron has shunned.