Some of you will have heard of David Cameron’s A-list, part of his unstinting and
useless selfless efforts to modernise his party, specifically in this case to get more women and ethnic minority candidates selected for safe Tory seats.
Some of you may also know that there will shortly be a by-election in the ultra-safe and ultra-Little-England Tory seat of Bromley & Chislehurst following the sudden death of the last incumbent Eric Forth (who was not exactly one of David’s buddies). David would like (but won’t force) the constituency party to select one of his A-listers. In truth, the best he can probably hope for is that they might select Forth’s widow, even though she’s not exactly one of his buddies either.
So Channel 4 is reporting the story from the constituency and interviews an old friend of the dead bloke, who comes out with the line (update: edited now I’ve been able to check the video clip, about 4 minutes in):
“I think they’ll be looking for a candidate who’s quite normal rather than a candidate who’s exotic”.
David really does have his work cut out with this bunch…