I don't think many people have been sparring with Old Holborn as long as I have. And lest anyone feels that's a preamble to a hagiography, let me state from the outset that I think he's a blowhard and self-aggrandizing media whore in the making.
Having been on the receiving end of one his attempts to drum up business and having dozens of quotes in my High Praise widget from window lickers who seem to regard him as some sort of Messiah, I don't think it's petty or spiteful of me to say that it's unlikely that we'll ever be bosom buddies.
But for all that, I do admire his achievements: he has made his blog into a serious player in a very short time - and kept it there; he's stuck the word "libertarian" into hundreds, perhaps thousands of minds, even if they haven't quite grasped that it's not synonymous with "Daily Mail reader" yet; he's launched an annual anti-parliamentary pride march; he's protested at troughing MPs, righteously got a man out of prison (with a lot of help from his friends, to be sure!) and now he's stuck his head above the parapet as a candidate for the Whore of all Parliaments in the coming general election.
You may mock those achievements as meaningless or paltry, but I would ask you: what are your achievements in promoting what you believe in? Convincing fellow-believers of your wit and erudition counts for nought, I'm afraid.
For all the bitching that we do about the whores in Parliament, it's true that almost none of us would ever dream of taking that enormous leap to actually stand up and try convince the electorate of what we believe.
So, even though I don't like him, I do have to concede a grudging amount of respect and admiration for him.
For all that I can't imagine people will take a masked candidate seriously, for all that I have significant differences of opinion with Old Holborn over many things, for all that I've directed invective at him over the years (and meant it very sincerely at the time!) and even for all that I don't agree with all of the Jury team's policies and alliances, I still have to say that I hope that he gets in, because I'm sure he will be an enormous, insufferable, arrogant, unbearable pain in the arse for "consensus politics".
And that is why I think the anti-LibLabCon blogosphere should not regard his candidacy as risible or undesirable, but rather launch him straight up the nose of the rotting carcass of democracy.
So, if you live in the Cambridge constituency and you are as sick and tired as I am of same old tired, ineffectual, statist shite in politics today, please vote for the cunt.
Plus, if he's fucking around in Parliament all the time, maybe the rest of us can get a shot at his Wikio slot.