Well that will teach me. On my way to the Conservative History Group Wilberforce Lecture I stopped in at the National Liberal Club for Mike Smithson's booklaunch of 'The Political Punter'.
I should have known better. I did what I always take the mickey out of others for doing and looked in the index. Nothing. Not a mention. Why indeed should there be?! Anyway, a few minutes later Mike told me he wanted to apologise for what he had said on the first page of the book. 'But there's nothing in the index', I said. I then grabbed a copy of the book and saw that he had told a story of how a devout methodist had asked him to put a £500 bet on me losing North Norfolk during the last few days of the election campaign. Mike did so, and on a whim, put £500 on for himself. Well, so glad I didn't let them down!