A Read candidacy would be preferable to ex-Radio 1 DJ and early 80s Saturday morning TV presenter Noel Edmonds, and there are some other names lower down the pecking order - Jonathan King, or Gary Glitter, for example. But that's about it.
I once had the 'pleasure' of meeting Mike Read during the recording of the one round of BBC Radio 1's 'Pop of the Form' that my two classmates and I lasted before we lost to Chingford School because a guy on the other team had a CD player at home and so knew what a song on CD fast forward sounded like, and so was able to win maximum points on the 'jumbled up CD' round. (This was the late '80s, you see.) I can't remember anything about him at all, but he had a long in-depth conversation with our English teacher, who was something of an intellectual, so maybe his public image of a dinosaur moron to be locked in the same filing cabinet as Dave Lee Travis, Simon Bates etc. isn't fair?
Read's doing himself no favours with his basic campaigning shtick at the moment, though. His reason for wanting the job is:
On a daily basis I get angry about the state of the country, the nanny state and the way things are going.
Very "Thatcher 1975", Mike. Probably still upset about punk. And Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
Unbelievably, the BBC article on Read's mayoral bid says that "he had been urged to consider standing by Tory activists after he made a speech at the party's annual conference."
Presumably the activist who said Read would make a good mayor was the same person who, at another Tory conference fringe meeting I attended, said that he was "deeply worried about proposals to introduce the Sharia law in Britain." I think these people all beam in from a parallel universe or something.
Why can't ex-Runaround presenter and Eastenders star Mike Reid make a bid for the mayor as an independent candidate? I think he'd take 'em all out.