The Right Honourable Tony Martin

Tory bloggers are divided over the correct response to the possible political career of Tony Martin. Readers may remember Martin as the owner of an illegal pump-action shotgun which he used to deliver lethal summary justice to one of the two burglars who broke into his house. Recent reports say he is currently considering standing for parliament.

Peter Cuthbertson says Martin is a

perfectly ordinary rural chap

and suggests the Conservative Party should stand aside in any constituancy Martin chose to stand in.

Plastic Gangster, on the other hand, is less convinced of his ordinariness and reminds us that

Before he came to wide public interest, the man’s response to disputes was to smash windows, threaten to kill family pets, shoot up cars and generally menace people with his firearms to an extent that the police took them away.