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Day: January 19, 2012

It’s Ken v Boris with Brian making the tea

As a Lib Dem should I really be writing off Brian Paddick’s chances of winning the Mayor of London election later this year? (No you shouldn’t – Ed) Ah well…erm…*looks at shoes is an embarrassed kind of way* but let’s be realistic here. The odds of Brian Paddick pulling off the sensational coup and making arguably the biggest single election splash for the Liberal Democrats in their relatively short history are the same as me actually being in a real-life position having to decide whether Zooey Deschanel or Sophie Ellis Bextor should accompany me to the Ambassadors reception.

So we can write off Brian’s chances and look at the two political heavyweights. A few months ago this seemed like a gentle cruise towards a second term for the bumbling buffoon but the newt isn’t finished yet. Campaigning on things Londoners actually give a hoot about (public transport costs, crime) has actually worked compared to Boris’s campaign of ‘I’ll promote London abroad’. That may interest some in the city but most folk actually care about the real life day-to-day issues that they face.

So Ken now leads Boris in a poll conducted by YouGov. The Evening Standard wrote about with the headline Ken takes lead over Boris in race for Mayor which I suppose gets the point of the story across although it isn’t exactly a humdinger and won’t be up for any ‘Headline of the Year’ awards.

It seems as though this sea change has been down to two things, firstly Labour voters going back to their candidate and not being swayed by Boris and the hate of Gordon Brown’s party at a national level like they were in 2008 and that people see Red Ken as more in touch with ordinary people compared to Boris. I’m shocked it needed a poll to work that out but apparently it did.

It will be a fascinating contest however it goes down and this poll is probably better new for Boris than it is for Ken in a twisted way. Most people though he had it sown up and apathy amongst his activists will have been high. Now this poll will have given them a kick up the rear end that they might have needed. Boris is still the favourite but Ken isn’t an outsider shot any more. He’s a realistic candidate to take the top job in London from the incumbent. Ken v Boris again in 2016 anyone?

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Can advertising make me want to try a Cadbury’s Creme Egg?

I don’t watch The Only Way Is Essex and I don’t plan to at any point in the near future. However one of the girls from the show is part of the new advertising campaign for Cadbury’s Creme Egg. The delight comes out but once a year and made it all the way into the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Chocolate defeating the old fashioned favourite Mars Bar en route to the quarter-finals where it lost out to eventual winner Twirl.

I’m not Creme Egg fan. I just don’t like the look of them and then I saw this publicity shot…

Lydia Bright TOWIE Creme Egg
Lydia Bright TOWIE Creme Egg

I know I shouldn’t but really that is extremely hot. Like really hot. So hot that in fact it might be enough for me to try a Creme Egg and they just look so foul. There is surely no way in the world that I’ll like them but that publicity photo…

We’ll see how it goes but on the scale of one to ten on how much of an effect an advert has on me. This scores an eight already and to rocketing towards a nine. On only a handful of occasions has an advertising campaign made me try a product. If this is successful it shows one of two things, either a) I’m shallow as hell or b) I like the idea of goo all over someone’s face.

In all honesty I’m not sure which makes me come off worse.

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