So George Galloway is in Celebrity Big Brother this year, which is all well and good. As is this rumour aired in Pandora in the Independent today:
* Could Oona King perhaps be tempted to follow the well-trodden path from political has-been to reality TV starlet? I only ask because sources at ITV say the former MP was asked to compete in Dancing On Ice, a version of Come Dancing, to be fronted by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
"For some reason, Oona never made the cut," I'm told. "We don't know if it was her decision or ours, but it's a missed opportunity: look what reality TV did for Neil Hamilton and Ann Widdecombe."
King's office says she's on holiday until 15 January. This has led to separate (and, at the time of going to print, unconfirmed) rumours that she'll be jollifying Celebrity Big Brother.
Apparently BB will be as sadistic as ever this year, if not more so. I don't know if I can think of anything more sadistic than introducing Oona King into the house after a week or so, just to watch GG chew her up and spit her out on live television. Jolly watching all round.