An online petition is calling for Louis Theroux to be the next Prime Minister

 
Lian Parsons
This could be the face of the next Prime Minister (Source: Getty)

Since Theresa May called an election earlier this week, disgruntled voters have grumbling about a lack of viable candidates for June's election: now one group has taken drastic measures.

A petition launched by digital media company Kobini, has called for Louis Theroux to be installed in Number 10 - and voters agree: the company's Change.org petition urging the government to appoint the “national treasure” as the next PM. We're not sure they quite grasp the nuances of the democratic process...

Emmy and BAFA award-winning Theroux is best known for his documentary series Weird Weekends, following people who live on the fringes of society like survivalists and white supremacists.

“Since the EU referendum in Britain, politicians, experts and those with the country in their hands have failed to show they are capable of leading the nation during this complex time,” the petition reads.

​The petition's arguments in favour of giving Theroux the keys to Downing Street include:

  • Theroux’s spoof Twitter account

  • His strong selfie game

  • His “quintessentially British” personality: “polite, noble, shy and yet socially smart, foppish and has floppy hair.”

  • The lengths Theroux will go for his work, including making a (non-sexual) cameo in a gay porn film

Social media has given the thumbs up to the tongue-in-cheek campaign, posting support through the hashtag #LouisforPM.

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The man himself has yet to comment on the surge in popularity for his election, but fans are holding out.

“As one of the most understanding, smart and trusted men in the UK, Mr Theroux (probably) has more skills to work out what is best for post-Brexit Britain than May, Farage and Corbyn combined,” the petition reads.

“And if he fails, at least he can make a bloody good film about it (or become leader of the opposition and fire some pretty great questions around the Houses of Parliament).”