Do you remember when HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU got their own back on Roy Hattersley when he 'no-showed' by putting a tub of lard on the chair in his place? Well I understand that a number of BBC political programmes are thinking of doing the political equivalent, whatever that might be, to Gordon Brown.
Let's remember that in three weeks time Gordon Brown will become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom without the inconvenience of an election, either within his own Party or in the country. His only TV interview has been a softish joust with Andrew Marr.
Essentially, the British public are going to get a new Prime Minister without him having been scrutinised by anyone about his views, let alone, God forbid, the electorate. I understand he's refusing to appear on NEWSNIGHT with Jeremy Paxman, has turned down countless invites from SKY, ITV's SUNDAY EDITION, the DAILY POLITICS and RADIO 5 LIVE - well, frankly anyone apart from Andrew Marr and Jim Naughtie.
Even the Deputy leadership candidates have done a debate on NEWSNIGHT and will be on QUESTION TIME this week. David Cameron and David Davis did the same. Why won't Gordon subject himself to the same process? We do, after all, live in a democracy.