So it looked as if I was prescient to file Boris Johnson under “In the bin” on the sidebar. Except that he isn’t in the bin at all. Why would Johnson want to be on the front bench? The Tories are so short of potential ministerial talent that he’s bound to be offered ministerial office in the unlikely event of the Conservatives forming a government, and right now he’s best off with a national platform at the Spectator and no strong ties to the doomed Howard leadership.

UPDATE [2pm] Now here’s a much better idea (via Eric): Boris for the new Bond!

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