Is it just me or do I detect a "Pick me ! Pick me !" in THIS posting ?
I know Iain is not one of the options, but I guess if you can't get elected and can't get selected, you could always get appointed ?
The problem is that the Lords loses legitimacy if it is filled with placemen who have failed in their attempts to get in to the House of Commons. Personally, I think the Tories have been crazy not to have selected Iain Dale in one of the many vacancies that have appeared in the wake of the expenses scandal, so perhaps this is a way for him to become a parliamentarian. I think Iain would do a good job and David Cameron could (and almost certainly will) do a lot worse.