race, another set of bookies' odds - this time the UKIP leadership, which John Bufton MEP is 5-1 on to take.
But he's not standing. Or is he?
He's just released a statement in which "the MEP for Wales believes he must clarify that he is taking part in the leadership contest".
That's clear then. He is.
"While I am of course flattered to hear that I have received backing to be UKIP's next leader I must reiterate that I will not at this time be nominating myself as a candidate for the role".
So he's not?
As I type, the statement has just been re-sent: "Statement from John Bufton MEP on UKIP Leadership contest (with slight amendment)".
The "slight" amendment? "Not".
Of course the first presser was only put out to laugh at the facts that there were ods on him given he isn't standing, but it is all rather reminiscenmt of the Lobster Quadrille,
“Will you walk a little faster?” said a whiting to a snail,
“There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle—will you come and join the
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the
“You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out
But the snail replied, “Too far, too far!” and gave a look
Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join
Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join
Would not, could not, would not, could not, could not join