Lib Dem peer demands Strictly recount

by Stephen Tall on December 22, 2008

The Daily Mail reports:

A LibDem peer has joined the debate following Tom Chambers’s controversial Strictly Come Dancing win, calling Saturday’s final a ‘fiasco’.

Former North Cornwall MP Lord Tyler was called on the BBC to release the voting figures for the three finalists following producers’ decision to allow Chambers to progress from the semi-final, despite coming bottom of the judges leaderboard.

Lord Tyler has written to BBC Director General Mark Thompson, requesting the Corporation makes the voting figures public.

The story should come as no surprise on two counts, both already trailed on LDV:

1. As Paul Tyler has emerged as Parliament’s Che Guevara, is it so surprising that his revolutionary zeal should be channelled into the investigation of voting irregularities on Auntie’s light entertainment shows? Surely this is the very definition of counterculture?

2. It is already Established Fact (aka a poll in the Daily Mirror) that Lib Dem Parliamentarians are the most likely to want to tart themselves about in popular reality telly shows in a desperate bid for some national media exposure find new and innovative ways of reaching out to non-political voters.

But that does still leave just one question hanging in the air… Why the hell is a Lib Dem demanding an investigation into the case of a third-placed runner-up suddenly emerging as the surprise winner out of nowhere?

(It might of course be a last-ditch bid for inclusion in LDV’s 2008 Awards for Most Desperate Press Release of the Year by a Liberal Democrat).