A Bear Grylls fact: He'd Probably make the Best PM
The general election is just around the corner now, which means your Facebook feed is full of folk posting biased articles, the alternative lot sharing endless videos of Russell Brand, and the party leaders avoiding every single question the general public ask.
So, if you can’t trust the politicians when it comes to the country, and you can’t trust the media or even your friends to tell you the truth about what’s going on, who can you count on in your time of need? Bear Grylls. Obviously.
The survival expert and all-round good guy wrote a column for The Independent last month about just what he would do if he was prime minister, and the piece provides some of the greatest, most utterly unique proposals that we’ve heard in a long time.
Amongst the key points of his hypothetical manifesto were banning suits and briefcases from meetings and holding Cabinet Meetings on the summits of Britain’s highest mountains.
The outdoor specialist wrote: “I would ban suits, briefcases and biscuits at meetings. People hide behind suits and the biscuits make you fat and lazy. And I am done with politicians like that!
“I would also be the first Prime Minister to spend more time outdoors than in Downing Street. I would love to hold a Cabinet Meeting at the summit of Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis, Slieve Donard and Snowdon, the highest peaks across the UK.
“It would keep the meetings focused and would remind everyone in positions of power of what we are here to protect: one of the most spectacular and dynamic nations on earth."
Bear did also put a few more serious points in the mix that the British electorate could no doubt get on board with.
He would also aim to increase the engagement between the government and the youth of today if he was in office, for example, and to increase the position of smaller communities in the country.
“As Prime Minister I would focus on two big things: building genuine stronger local communities and championing young people and the amazing contribution they make."
“Most importantly, I would appoint a Minister for Young People, who must be under 25. The role would be to scrutinise all decisions that impact on young people. There is nothing like the creativity and optimism of young people and this generation more than any other deserve a voice in our country’s decisions."
All of the above, we think you’ll agree, sounds rather epic – although we must admit we’d be slightly frightened of cuts in agriculture if Bear expected us to drink our own piss and catch our own food.
Still, if we turn up to the local voting spot on May 7 and by some wonder of the world see Mr. Grylls name on the ballot paper, there’s no doubt how we’ll be voting. Britain's already an island, so why not make it a little bit more like ‘The Island with Bear Grylls’?