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Fly me to the Moon

Newt Gringrich (what a name) was bought to my attention whilst watching 10’0’clock live the other week.

In the sketch “Lauren Laverne’s occasional guide to terrifying republicans who might become president.”

Now these are 3 pretty special guys, but for me Newt really stood out. Not because he was crazier than the others, after all one of them baptized their atheist father into the Mormon Church a year after their death.

I simply liked him because wacky as his ideas are in the scheme of things pretty harmless, and I have always had a soft spot for the ridiculous in politics, after all who hasn’t read the  Monster Raving Loony Parties manifesto and found at least one point that they think is worth a try.

2. M.P’s Expenses: We propose that instead of a second home allowance M.P’s will have a caravan which will be parked outside the Houses of Parliament. This will make it easier as flipping a caravan is easier than flipping homes.

Anyway back to Newt so by now I am sure you are wondering (or have goggled) which of Newt’s ideas has tickled me, well Ill start the 3 shown in the aforementioned TV show are..

Build a permanent base on the Moon – I guess the question is why? I mean don’t get me wrong as someone who likes Science Fiction its kind of cool but does it server any real purpose?

“By the end of my second term we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American,” he said. According to Talking Points Memo Gingrich went on to say that the base would be used for “science, tourism, and manufacturing” and to create a “robust industry” modelled on the airline business in the 20th century.

Shuttle rides for tax payers – Now this one I can buy into and it seems all I have to do is file my tax returns.

“The shuttle is already comfortable enough to carry anyone free of severe health problems into space, and the next generation shuttle will be even more like an airliner. We should begin with a candidate-selection lottery based on individual income tax forms and offer to send each year’s winner on a shuttle flight.”

Mirrors on the moon – To allow us to light up highways, I guess the humble street light just doesn’t cut it in the states.

Now to be fair to Newt, 2 of these 3 Ideas are actually from a book he wrote in 1984 called “Window of Opportunity: A Blueprint for the Future” and frankly an obsession with Space and the Moon is hardly a reason to write a candidate off, especially not in the states.

They did elect Bush twice!

Now don’t get me wrong these are perhaps unfair on Newt, I’m sure he has some genuinely good ideals.

Although upon further reading I’m not convinced.

However let’s give the guy some credit when it comes to putting his opposition in their place he knows what really matters to the American public.

I mean speaking French? That practically makes him foreign!

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