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The final episode of Ian Bowler’s Electile Dysfunction.
There’s a new Ian Bowler video out.
The eagle-eared among you may have noticed that I was not invited to the LBC Mayoral debate that turned into a triple-fuckathon in the lift. Despite that fact that this would clearly have been the best place to showcase my own, quite spectacular, personal lexicon of vulgarity together with half-baked theories about what London does or doesn’t need, I wasn’t invited.
LBC didn’t see their way clear to extending me an invitation. Neither did the BBC ask me on their Newsnight special last week. All in all, I can only conclude that there has been a wide-ranging media conspiracy to conceal me from the general public.
Perhaps partly because I am no longer an official candidate for London Mayor.
As March reached its end it became clear that I wasn’t going to have raised the £10,000 deposit needed to stand for Mayor of London. We raised some, but nowhere near enough. It was a little galling to realise that we had more than enough support in the boroughs to get the 330 signatures we would have needed, but that simple lack of funds was going to prevent us doing it for real.
Not to mention that the whole process was a massive pain in the arse. Who would have thought that standing for Mayor on an ill-thought-through platform, pretty much as a laugh would be hideously expensive, involve soul-crushing amounts of admin, and could possibly mean that you go to jail for electoral fraud? Really, who?
So, I’ve put off blogging about this out of embarrassment more than anything else. I feel like I’ve let a lot of people down. People who made posters life this:
I’ve let down the hundreds of people who offered their signatures, and offered to collect others. And I’ve let down the people who pledged money.
Never will London see itself protected by an army of highly-trained chinchillas. And that’s on me.
However, Sir Ian’s campaign continues. There will be more blog posts, more videos, more revelations, and some very special guests. However, my name (and his face) won’t be on the ballot.
Not that they won’t be on one soon.
After all, we did raise enough to stand as an MP. Twice over.
And Sir Ian has given a solemn pledge not to stand against Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam in 2015…
Here is the latest behind-the scenes video from the campaign.
And here’s the campaign video for those who may have missed that last week…