The Independent on Sunday publishes its annual Pink List today and I'm down from 26 last year to 84 this. The one consolation is that they still reckon I'm worth two places higher than Chris Bryant. This is what they say.
84. Iain Dale
Falls 58 places after failing to secure a constituency in this year's election, but has cemented his position as a leading political commentator. He publishes Total Politics magazine and his blog Iain Dale's Diary is among the most respected. More influential outside politics than in.
The funny thing is that when last year's list was compiled I wasn't even trying for a constituency. Just shows you can never row against the conventional wisdom.
These lists are great fun, especially when you see a name and you think 'whhhhhaaaatttt?' I must admit that was my reaction when they listed Gareth Thomas and Mary Portas as joint number ones. And Alan Carr at number 6. Oh dear oh dear.
I was suprised to see that my friend Andrew Pierce was excluded ... because he works for the Daily Mail. Good to see an old prejudice alive and well at the Indy on Sunday!