If ever we needed evidence that politics was being dumbed down, you'll be delighted to know the results of the Channel 4 News 'Most Inspiring Political Figure Award'. Jamie Oliver won it. The full result was...
1. Jamie Oliver 37 per cent
2. Shami Chakrabarti 21 per cent
3. George Galloway 16 per cent
4. Bob Geldof 10 per cent
5. David Cameron 9 per cent
6. Tony Blair 7 per cent
And to make matters worse, the Hansard Society's first Award for Opening Up Politics went to BBC1's late night political review This Week and the gruesome twosome Diane Abbott and Michael Portillo duly turned up collect their glass slab of an award. Hansard Society chief executive Clare Ettinghausen said: "We felt that This Week's combination of incisive political journalism delivered in a light-hearted manner, combined with an eclectic array of guests, made them worthy winners.'' What she ought to have said was "We're ashamed to give this award to two of the smarmiest people on TV who do little but take great delight in trashing the very political parties which brought them to prominence. We wouldn't dream of giving an award to a programme that brought an incoherent Shane McGowan onto its sofa to talk about, er, well we can't quite remember what cos we didn't understand a word of it."
The full awards programme is being broadcast on Saturday night. If those two awards are typical of what will be on offer I think I'll slip an old episode of Crossroads into the DVD player. Er, not that I've got one of course. No. No way...