Andrew Gwynne's VIC-20
Image: Andrew Gwynne

Politics is obviously very important, as it shapes the world in which we live. Politicians are vital catalysts in this process of change, representing the needs and desires of their constituents and making sure they are heard on the biggest stage possible.

However, we're happy to admit that politics can also be a little boring at times, which is why the unexpected appearance of a Commodore VIC-20 during the BBC Weekend News on the 7th of January caused such a stir:

Released in 1980 – three years after the arrival of the Commodore PET – the VIC-20 was the first computer of any kind to sell over one million units and laid the foundations for the Commodore 64 and Amiga, which were even more successful for the company.

The VIC-20-owning politician in question is Andrew Gwynne, Labour Minister of Parliament for Denton & Reddish and Shadow Public Health Minister. Oh, and he's also a huge Commodore fanboy.

Once the VIC-20's presence was spotted, he was all too happy to show it off in a better photo:

And then, to truly underline his Commodore-loving credentials, he proudly displayed his Commodore CDTV – the company's infamous attempt to conquer the burgeoning multimedia market in the early '90s:

Gwynne isn't just reliving old memories here, either – he reveals that he's keeping a keen eye on the modern-day titles being made for these old systems, too: