While Dave Rowntree is off trying to interest Labour constituency parties in giving him a go on their hustings, Alex James has just signed a deal to become an associate editor at The Spectator.
Yes, The Spectator.
"What is really exciting about him is that he's someone who in his life has covered the waterfront - the metropolitan and rural life. There's something hugely appealing for the magazine in someone who was a denizen of Soho who is now having cups of tea in the country," Mr d'Ancona said.
We love the idea that, as far as The Spectator is concerned living in a nice house in London and living in a nice house in the country is "covering the waterfront". Oh, the sides of life he's seen.