TOPICS: Political sponsors miss advertising opportunity

UNIFORMS for politicians that display their sponsors. Why didn’t we think of that?

The idea belongs to a small political party in the UK, but Topics reckons it’d be a winner here.

‘‘Politicians should wear uniforms like race car drivers so we can identify their corporate sponsors,’’ tweeted the National Health Action Party, with this image of Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mind you, with the number of NSW political sponsors – and fronts for the sponsors – alleged this week, something bigger than a suit might be required to fit them all in. Maybe a team bus. Or a blimp.

CUNNING: Tony Robinson knows how to deal with enthusiastic fans.

SIR Tony Robinson, best-known as Baldrick from Blackadder, has still got it.

The comedian and presenter, in Newcastle to film an episode of Tony Robinson’s Tour of Duty for the History Channel, was asked by a reporter about Blackadder fans.

For instance, what’s it like when people come up and quote lines at him?

‘‘Oh, it’s very flattering,’’ Robinson said.

‘‘There’s no better endorsement of your work than to have people quote it years later.’’

The reporter pressed on.

‘‘So what do you say when someone comes up and says …’’

And here she quoted a slab of Blackadder dialogue too dense for us to recall. Robinson thought about it, then answered brightly.

‘‘F— off.’’

START HIM UP: Mick Jagger knows a thing or two about the ladies.

REMEMBER when tickets to your favourite band only cost an arm, a leg and a week’s pay?

Well it’s considerably more if you plan to catch rock’s leading dinosaurs at Hope Estate in November. While general tickets to the Rolling Stones are steep enough, dinner, concert and wine packages are going for $1475 per person. No. You can’t always get what you want.

Of course, it all depends how you look at it. For instance, that it’s only $5 multiplied by each year the four members of the Stones have been alive. And if you divided it by the number of ladies Mick Jagger’s put the moves on, you wouldn’t be left with enough for a soft serve at Macca’s.

NO KIDDING: Nathan Tinkler.

WHEN you’ve got ICAC, who needs Game of Thrones?

Actually, the quotes from the ICAC hearings are more entertaining than the hearings themselves. They don’t make for great TV.

Still, we’ve been treated to lines like Nathan Tinkler’s instant classic: ‘‘oh mate u r f—ing kidding me’’.

Which is applicable in a range of situations. We’ve used it twice today. Try it out.

We’ve also met characters like Matthew Lusted, a builder from Wyong, who Fairfax’s Kate McClymont described as ‘‘wearing a dazzling collection of lapel pins’’ and ‘‘looking around incredulously’’.

You could say the Hunter’s in the grip of ICAC fever (we wouldn’t), judging by a sign out the front of a shop in Newcastle East.

‘‘Hallo juicy ICAC,’’ it read.

For political junkies and corruption connoisseurs, this must feel like finals time.

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