Now you may think that what we are seeing resembles less a contest to see who can attract most votes than one to see who can buy them, but I say shame on you for such a cynical approach. Why not see it instead as a contest to see who's got the most front?
Front as in nerve. Front as in balls.
Here's three leading contenders from the end-of-January madness. Which of these has the most front?
- Morten Sand
- Nigel Short
- Andrew Paulson
Because it take a lot of front to have your team make secret agreements with a notorious individual, complain when they are made known and then claim that you yourself are publishing them because of your commitment to the principle of transparency.
Because it takes a lot of front, in a controversy about transparency, to boast about bringing a legal case when that case was deliberately hidden, at the time, from the members of the organisation in whose name it was taken.
Because it takes a lot of front to send other parties' confidential agreements to journalists, and then, when your own confidential agreements are sent to journalists, to shriek that the law has been broken while threatening some people with lawyers and others with expulsion from their posts.
More front than Brighton, all of them. But who's got the most?
[Andrew Paulson index]
[Nigel Short index]