Being fond of self-deprecating humour, I added the comment:
My prediction - "this is no Barnsley Central: we are not going to finish sixth" - is looking safer by the day.The link takes you to an earlier post I wrote about Leicester South.
This morning Jonathan Isaby wrote a post on Conservative Home, also giving the names of the five candidates. And then he added the comment:
The last time there were as few as five candidates contesting a by-election was in Cheadle in 2005, so Lib Dem blogger Jonathan Calder can sleep soundly in the knowledge that his prediction that "this is no Barnsley Central: we are not going to finish sixth" will come to fruition.A remarkable coincidence, don't you think? It looks very much as though Isaby has lifted one of my jokes and then deployed it in a way calculated to make me look silly. Already Sunder Katwala has tweeted about the "wit of @isaby".
I did try leaving a comment pointing this out on Conservative Home, but at the time of writing it has yet to be approved. (Later. It has now appeared. Thank you.)
Still, we are in a coalition now, so there is no reason why I shouldn't write jokes for Conservative Home. But I would prefer it if we could agree a rate of payment in advance next time.