A red-faced Nick Griffin, erstwhile leader of the British Nazi Party, admitted that he was wrong-footed with the announcement of AV simply because he didn't read the small print.
It has ended up costing his party a fortune in now-useless posters and black storm-trooping uniforms.
Mr Griffin explained that when he saw the letters "AV", he assumed it was his coded party call "Achtung Voters", and he immediately ordered the printing of thousands of BNP posters featuring himself and party member Richard Barnpott dressed in fetching black uniforms with matching leather belts, featuring red, white and black decals with an equilateral cross, its arms bent at right angles.
He said this decal was widely used in Indian cooking, particularly the famous Swass Tikka dish, and had absolutely nothing to do with a short Austrian chap, who incidentally he knew nothing about, and who he thought might have been called Hilter, or Hitter or something, and who might have had one bat, but certainly had only one ball.
Mr Griffin then went on to say that he was on the verge of marching on Somerset when he found out that AV was, to quote Monty Python, "something completely different".
He has cancelled his plans, mothballed his uniforms and definitely not purchased any copies of a book written by the famous Al Queda authors Al Hilter and Sue Ihside called "Mine Camp".