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If I ruled the world

Shaun Williamson, who was born in Maidstone, Kent, in 1965, shot to fame playing hapless Barry Evans in EastEnders. Since leaving the soap in 2003, he has worked in the theatre, appearing in the plays Road To Nirvana, Saturday Night Fever and The Rocky Horror Show. He has also toured as a singer and appeared in the TV shows Gender Swap and Funland. Shaun can be seen in the second series of Extras, which began on BBC Two this week. He lives with wife Melanie and their two children, Sophie and J

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR FIRST ACT AS RULER?

"I'd reintroduce national service, but not for everyone, only for young offenders. The big problem the first time round was they made everyone do it and that was unfair – if you're an academic young guy, it would only put your life on hold for a couple of years.

"But I think if people who persistently break the law were put into the army, it would sort them out. A lot of them have got no father figures, no discipline and no role models – they're just useless and I feel sorry for them."

WHO WOULD BE YOUR MOST TRUSTED ADVISER?

"Richard Littlejohn, the columnist. I agree with most of what he says."

WHO WOULD YOU BANISH?

"There aren't any people I would want to banish, but I would dismantle the IT system as we know it. I'd do away with computers and mobile phones, and just go back to a gentler pace of life."

WOULD YOU BE A DICTATOR OR A BENEVOLENT LEADER?

"I'd be a total dictator. If anyone moaned about me, I'd give them some money and tell them 'go away and don't come back."'

WHO WOULD YOU SINGLE OUT FOR A KNIGHTHOOD AND WHY?

"I'd automatically give a knighthood to the oldest surviving First World War veteran. When there were none of them left, I'd start giving them to Second World War soldiers. We need to do more to honour them."

WHO WOULD YOU SEND TO THE TOWER/PUT IN THE STOCKS?

"Anyone who promotes political correctness which lacks common sense. They shouldn't be pandered to. It was in the news recently that they're not going to show a cartoon of Tom and Jerry smoking any more because one person complained – they'd go straight in the stocks."

WHICH LAW WOULD YOU ABOLISH?

"I'd bring back the death penalty. I think they were right to abolish it when they did because it was a nonsense. There was no DNA so they could never be sure they were executing the right person and there were lots of ludicrous laws that gave people the ammunition they needed to say, 'We need to do away with this because it's barbaric.' But now I think the circumstances are right to reintroduce it.

"I'd also get rid of our nuclear deterrent and use the money we save to scrap tax on pensioners."

WHICH BUILDING WOULD YOU DEMOLISH AND WHY?

"Anything that was built in the 1960s would have to come down. I'd demolish the multi-storey car parks and anything that was a blot on the landscape and start again. I'd take back any knighthoods that were conferred on architects who were working in the 1960s."

WHICH RULER/MONARCH DO YOU MOST ADMIRE OR HAVE MOST IN COMMON WITH?

"I really admire Elizabeth II. I think it's her family who have let her down and led to public disappointment with the monarchy – she's never put a foot wrong. I can't think of anyone who deserves our respect more than her, although if no-one ever took her place it wouldn't bother me."

IF YOU COULD CHANGE THE NATIONAL ANTHEM FOR ANOTHER PIECE OF MUSIC, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

"I'd just change it to Land Of Hope And Glory because that would really upset all the left-wingers."

 
 
 

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