When slash becomes reality. WIll someone write Osborne/Lynton Crosby slash? I even have a ship name in mind: Crosborne.
Osborne was so convinced the vote would bring deadlock that he offered Crosby a french kiss if the Tories prevailed.
When the results confounded the polls by giving the Conservatives an absolute majority, the chancellor kept his promise – in part. In front of David Cameron and the party’s other top strategist, Jim Messina, he did kiss Crosby, but only on the cheek.
“It’s true,” Crosby told the paper. “His aftershave still haunts me. Fortunately tongues remained withdrawn. The pledge was on election day. The consummation was the day after, at No 10.” […]
The former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown promised the BBC presenter Andrew Neil he would “publicly eat my hat” if the exit poll findings of a Lib Dem near-wipeout were true.
Presented hours later by Neil with a hat, Ashdown somewhat grumpily demurred, while promising he would do so alongside Alastair Campbell. The former Labour spin doctor had said he would “eat my kilt” if the SNP won 58 Scottish seats. Both were, like Osborne, partly true to their rash words, in this case eating hat- and kilt-shaped cakes the next day on the BBC’s Question Time. […]
The Daily Telegraph columnist Dan Hodges, meanwhile, made perhaps the most reckless pledge, albeit all the way back in 2012:
If UKIP break 6% at the next election I’ll streak naked down Whitehall in a Nigel Farage mask whilst singing Land of Hope and Glory…
— Dan Hodges (@DPJHodges) December 15, 2012
Ukip did, of course, win more than twice this share of the vote. Hodges’ plan remains unconfirmed, though it seems he too, much like Osborne, is trying to wriggle out of the worst of it.
Given this streak is being inspired by Nigel Farage I also reserve the right to get half-way, then turn round and run back up Whitehall…
— Dan Hodges (@DPJHodges) May 13, 2015