But then most people aren't John 'Superstud' Hemming - for which relief, much thanks, oh Lord. But then most people aren't so desperate for publicity that they'll turn up at the opening of an envelope if there's a chance of a photo-opportunity - hence his Have I Got News For You/Private Eye- friendly series of pictures at the high-powered World Toilet Summit. (Write your own tagline - something about being flushed with success or watching his career going down the toilet).
Picture credit - John Hemming's blog
He's in the running for a new honour now - Love Rat of the Year. Surely it can't top his Rickard Prize at school? Nothing is proof against his need for publicity - any publicity will do. Nothing matters, except getting John's name in the headlines. Just like the original story, this one has John's fingerprints all over it - hell, he probably even nominated himself in this distasteful, grubby little contest.
In a sense, he's right. Name recognition is essential in winning a campaign, but I'm not sure that letting yourself be seen as equal to a bigamous car salesman is good for the image. One of the reasons that Cllr Hussain was unceremoniously dumped was that he was bringing the party into disrepute - I wonder if John's constituency party have any views on how he's dragging them through the mud. People already have a low view of politicians - they are the least-respected of all professions (apart from journalists) - and this behaviour just erodes that respect still further.
'People used to think of me as a bit of a geek,' he explained. 'But I now seem to have turned into some kind of James Bond character.'Sorry about that folks, that last bit seems to be my fault.