Voting For Arnie
So who might Boris face? Everyone assumes that Red Ken will have developed his 'progressive coalition' to the point where he's back in contention for the top job, and perhaps the Liberal Democrats might consider a deal with him following the dip in their vote share last time.
But perhaps it's the right moment to look across the Atlantic to the US for an alternative approach. In California, Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger took over as Governor in 2003 and has been considered a big success, storming the following election without stopping to draw breath. Another former not-terribly-good actor, Ronald Reagan, was also California Governor and later manage to nab the top job in the White House.
Now, other US states are beginning to look at celebrity governors - Val Kilmer is apparently being fingered as a potential inhabitant for the New Mexico Governor's mansion, bringing his experience in, er, Top Gun and Batman to the role.
So what are the our own 'sleb options for London? Prospective residents of City Hall drawn from our popular cultural elite don't seem quite as heavyweight as the Governator. How about:Michael Caine (London's favourite Londoner, afterall)
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