A 36 year old man from Eastbourne has appeared before the local Magistrates court charged with fraudulently misrepresenting Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The individual was arrested two weeks ago when Police discovered he had been attempting to pass himself off as the British PM while calling on local homes looking for money.
The man, dressed in torn jeans and wearing a t shirt saying "up yours" gave evidence that he was only trying to get some money so he could get a taxi home after losing all his savings on greyhounds.
When Judge Bearly Thare told him that it was impossible to pass himself off as Mr Brown because Mr Brown was much, much uglier and spoke with a funny dialect, the accused laughed and indeed the whole chamber was in stitches. The Judge added that "the British PM is so unapproachable to ape that do so would earn you a medal of bravery".
Judge Thare then asked the accused to give a rough rendition of Mr Brown's verbal delivery. The accused rose and without batting an eyelid recited word for word and in full accent, Mr Brown's 2007 budget speech.
Judge Thare was so impressed with this performance that he released the man from all charges and asked him to stand at the next General Election.