Speaking to Marlene Guest this morning about last night's BBC Radio Sheffield debate she told me a couple of interesting things. It would seem that Labour's parachuted "clean break" candidate is totally out of her depth when it comes to local issues and knowledge. That is most probably why she refused to attend last night's event at the risk of doing any more damage.
She couldn't have done any worse than the obscure Trade Union/Communist bloke though who walked out of the show owing to Marlene's participation. That infantile behaviour made not a scrap of difference as the debate rolled on without him. It must be said that both the local police and the local BBC have played it absolutely straight with our candidate so far.
As for ITV, Marlene will be on the Calendar News programme either tonight or tomorrow so we'll reserve judgement until then. For those wanting to catch up on the BBC Radio Sheffield debate, click on the link below and advance the cursor to about 2:03:35, as I have most conscientiously indicated in the screenshot. I don't just throw this blog together you know.
Meanwhile, as the media continue to inflate UKIP relentlessly, I'll be doing an interview with Russian radio tomorrow to explain what is going on. GQ Magazine also have an amusing take on the prospect of electoral pacts, from where Alex Massie speculates:
Securing a greater share of the euro-sceptic vote is worth nothing if doing so loses you the votes of people who are not exercised by whatever this week's Brussels abomination happens to be. In any case, why stop here? There were 14 seats in which the BNP vote was greater than the Tory margin of defeat. The electoral argument in favour of a Tory-BNP link is just as compelling - that is to say, just as daft - as a Tory-UKIP pact.
One of those seats is Hampstead & Kilburn, where Glenda Jackson squeaked home with a majority of 42. UKIP (408 votes) and the BNP (328 votes) made all the difference! Maybe so. But Hampstead & Kilburn is a three way marginal, in which we might reasonably expect the Liberal Democrats to struggle to do as well in 2015 as they did in 2010. In other words, the battle in Hampstead & Kilburn is for disaffected Liberal Democrats, not disgruntled right-wingers.