Monorchid means "having only one testicle" by the way. And the hero in question is a man named Nigel Farage, who lost his other one to cancer. In fact, he has survived at least three brushes with death. The other two were being mowed down by a car while inebriated (he likes his drink, does Nigel) and the time while campaigning during the last British general election when the plane in which he was flying got tangled up with an advertisement banner trailing from the rear - with very nearly fatal consequences.
Apart from having more lives than a cat, Farage's main claim to fame is as leader of Britain's soon-to-be-third largest party, Ukip. (That's as in UK independence party). Currently in the polls it's just one percentage point behind Britain's third party, the Liberal Democrats. Given that Ukip was created in opposition to the European Union, and given the strength of feeling in Britain on that score right now, it stands to get a great deal more popular yet.
In my Spectator column this week, I analyze the Ukip phenomenon. Conservatives and libertarians should feel very heartened by its success for - as I note on the new, must-listen Ricochet podcast - Ukip is now the true voice of Tea Party-ish values in Britain. It has been described as the "Conservative party in exile": not unreasonably given the dismally leftwards drift of the nominal Conservative party under Britain's answer to Mitt Romney, David Cameron.
Indeed, perhaps the most surprising thing is that Ukip isn't doing even better. But I can answer that in three letters: BBC.
Imagine a world in which your pretty much your entire broadcast media was dominated by the kind of people who make Keith Olbermann look like Charles Krauthammer. Yep, that's how suffocatingly left-liberal the BBC is - and remember, we've no Fox news or right-wing talk radio here to make everything a bit more fair and balanced.
So it is with Ukip. Policy-wise they're the dream ticket: small state, anti-EU, anti-regulation, low-tax, pro-liberty, pro-traditional-values. Yet thanks to the relentless smearing in the MSM, cheer-led by the BBC, they're still burdened with the unfortunate image of swivel-eyed, eccentric, dangerously right-wing, out-of-touch no hopers.
But Ukip's time may yet have come. Not necessarily as an election winner, but certainly as an ideological king-maker. With Ukip ready to steal the votes of disgruntled Tories, the relentless drift leftwards by Cameron's Conservatives can surely not continue. A lot of this is thanks to the charisma and drive of the rumbustious, amiable, hilariously outspoken Farage.
To see the great man in action do check out this hilarious Youtube footage of him haranguing the nonentity EU president Herman Van Rompuy in the Brussels chamber:
"You have the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a bank clerk."
What a man! What cojones!