If I ruled the world

TONY Blackburn, 63, was born in Guildford, Surrey. He began his career as a singer, then worked as a disc jockey on pirate radio stations Caroline and London.

TONY Blackburn, 63, was born in Guildford, Surrey. He began his career as a singer, then worked as a disc jockey on pirate radio stations Caroline and London. Tony was the first DJ on Radio One in 1967 and presented the breakfast show until 1973.

He was an occasional host of Top Of The Pops between 1967 and 1984, while other TV projects have included The Goodies, I Love 1970s and This Morning. In 2002 he won the reality show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

On Sunday, July 30, Tony appears in Top Of The Pops: The Final Countdown on BBC Two, and in Top Of The Pops: The True Story.

He lives in Arkley, Hertfordshire with his second wife, Debra, and their daughter Victoria, nine. He also has a son, Simon, 33.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR FIRST ACT AS RULER?

"I'd get the yob culture under control. I'm a bit fed up with nobody doing anything about it. There's no discipline any more."

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WHO WOULD BE YOUR MOST TRUSTED ADVISER?

"Greg Dyke. He's really quite brilliant and very under-rated. I think he was a great Director General of the BBC. I've met him on several occasions and he really does talk a lot of common sense."

WHO WOULD YOU BANISH?

"It would have to be Tony Blair, because I can't forgive him for leading us into the Iraq war. Although he's been very good as a Prime Minister, I'm afraid that one act alone has done it for me."

WOULD YOU BE A DICTATOR OR A BENEVOLENT LEADER?

"I wouldn't be a dictator, although when I'm ruling people might think I am. You have to be firm."

WHO WOULD YOU SINGLE OUT FOR A KNIGHTHOOD AND WHY?

"Harry Hill, because he makes me laugh. I think he's terribly funny and he does it all without using foul language."

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

"Ian Paisley. All of my life he's talked too loudly. It's just his voice. Nothing more personal than that really. I don't necessarily believe in all the stuff he says. He's slightly over the top religious-wise for me, but that voice is just too booming."

WHICH LAW WOULD YOU ABOLISH?

"The 70mph speed limit on motorways, because for this day and age I think it's too slow. I'd shove it up to 80mph immediately."

WHAT LAW WOULD YOU INTRODUCE?

"People who commit certain offences and are given a lifetime sentence, I would make it life. If somebody killed someone, life means they would never get out again."

WHICH BUILDING WOULD YOU DEMOLISH AND WHY?

"Wembley Stadium, for one reason only: they play football there. In fact, any building that has football attached to it because I'm not a fan."

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

"I'm going to have to be a bit controversial, but Margaret Thatcher. She, like me, only sleeps for four hours a day, and we both carry rather attractive handbags. I think she was actually a great Prime Minister and in her heyday did a hell of a lot of good for this country."

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

"I don't know if it's an anthem, but I quite like Rule Britannia. I'd either have that or one of my own records."

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