The debacle that is the Tory selection of their mayoral candidate continues to roll on with another possible candidate, who wasn't interested in being a Conservative candidate being named and shamed.
The Tories claim Digby Jones, a Peer with no political affiliation nearly became their candidate last year. Digby Jones' account appears to differ greatly from David Cameron's version of events, but what is clear is that the Tories were again having to try non Conservatives, such is the dearth of talent amongst interested Tories in the capital.
Nearly a year ago the Tories said they would shortlist candidates. This didn't happen, then they announced almost another year of searching, and still nobody has come forward as desperately keen. The fact that they have approached a number of non-Tories (remember Greg Dyke ?) speaks volumes about what the Conservative Party itself thinks of those who have put their hat in the ring.
So will the Tories pull a rabbit from the hat or will it be former DJ Mike Read ?
One thing the whole process does highlight, and this should be a warning to those in the Tory Party and outside who believe that elected mayors are a good thing, is that there is a perception that you need to have a celebrity or a name in order to get elected. This shouldn't be a good thing for democracy surely ?