Billy Connolly, the man who famously encouraged people not to vote for politicians "because it only encouraged them", has been touted as a future leader of the unionist campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom. Such a move would mean that the former Govan shipyard worker would front a campaign supporting one of the main Scottish policy objectives of the Tory Party.
The proposal was put forward earlier this month by Tom Harris, Labour MP for Glasgow South. On launching his bid, Mr Harris said that the world-famous comedian was a "100 per cent Scottish hero" and the ideal man to assume leadership of the unionist battle to thwart Alex Salmond's drive for independence.
Although the Glasgow comedian is on the record as speaking out against nationalism, it remains unclear whether he would seriously consider such a high-profile move into politics. Observers are doubtful that the Big Yin would look favourably on Mr Harris's proposal, especially since the comedian is oft-quoted as having said that "the desire to be a politician, should ban you for life for ever being one".
Mr Harris, the former UK transport minister added:
"He would be perfect for all sorts of reasons. There is going to be this referendum but those of us who want to be part of the UK have no organisation and no figurehead. Billy might say no but we need to ask him."
Mr Connolly has yet to comment on the proposal.