Previous YUSU President, Tom Scott, is running as the prospective independent MP for London and Westminster.
He is running as pirate ‘Mad Capt’n Tom’, the same gimmick he used when he was elected as YUSU President in 2008. His policies include: a 50 per cent levy on Cheryl Cole MP3 downloads because he “can’t bloody stand her music”; fix broken Britain by providing duct tape in every home; require Apple to rename the iPad in the UK to iPatch; and the “not a pirate joke”, a complete ban on the unexpected items in the bagging area of self-service supermarket machines. According to Scott, “it just be irritatin’ me every time I be shoppin’.”
All of the policies and experience in his manifesto and website have been written in a pirate vernacular. He cites one of the primary examples of his experience as being “once interviewed by Lizo on Newsround”, and describes himself as “actually competent”, having “policy”, “experience” and “a duck on his head”.
He does not mention the University of York or his previous position within YUSU anywhere on his manifesto, although this information can be found by following the link to his main website, ‘Tom Scott: Making stuff happen’.
Scott describes himself on his website as a “geek comedian”, and makes a variety of comedy videos. Previous videos include how to cook ‘Salmon in a Dishwasher’ and ‘Two Drums and a Cymbal Fall off a Cliff’.
YUSU President, Tim Ngwena, who is one of Scott’s fans on the Facebook page ’10,000 Strong for Mad Cap’n Tom: We Want a Pirate in Parliament’, said: “I wish me matey Mad Cap’n Tom all the best in his election campaign in West-Ministerrrr.”
Scott’s decision to run another novelty campaign follows an interview with Nouse earlier this year, in which he confessed that he didn’t enjoy the job of President: “It was bloody awful, don’t ever take a job when your first thought in the morning is ‘oh no, it’s today’.” When asked whether he would do it again, he replied: “Hell no, I know what it involves now… good luck to whichever poor sod’s got the job.”