London-In a surprising development British Prime Minister Tony Blair was voted as the most popular reality TV personality in a poll taken by the Gallup Company. Blair edged out fellow Brit, Simon Cowell who gained national prominence hosting the "Idol" series where aspiring singers compete to become pop stars. Many were surprised at the outcome of the poll and were not aware that C-SPAN's coverage of "Prime Minister's Questions" even qualified as a part of the ever popular reality genre.
The source of the surge in the PM's popularity seems to be attributed to drinking games popularize on American college and university campuses. Apparently students are tuning in by the droves each Wednesday night to play the game affectionately known as "Tipsy Tony Time".
The rules of the game seem fairly simple, one drink for each smartass comment made by members of the Conservative Party, two drinks for every thinly veiled back-handed complement, and if the entire House starts a "hull-a-ballo", everyone has to kill their beer.
" The first time I tuned in with my buddies I was all ‘this is gonna suck', but then it didn't", recalled Oklahoma State junior finance major Tim Burrows "This representative from Devonshire-on-the-side or something got up and was like ‘Dude, we need some help for people with Asperger's syndrome and you don't give a damn' and Blair was all ‘Screw you buddy', or something like that." Burrows admitted that by the time the talk turned to the Iraq conflict and the UK position on the War on Terror, he had pretty much blacked out. "I still think that Tony rocked like a Tiger though", Blair's newest fan proclaimed.
Reached for comment Blair had only to say that "he was happy about the support" but wished his fans would "cease sending in their piss-stained undergarments" as is evidently also a rule of the new game.