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Sunday, 01 March 2015

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There are many good points to Cumbrian MP Tim Farron

A pointless politician? Surely not.

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MP Tim Farron

But Cumbrian MP Tim Farron found himself classed as one of these on BBC1 teatime quiz show Pointless.

The name of Mr Farron, Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, cropped up in the final round.

The contestants had the chance to win the jackpot of £5,250 if they could name any of the 57 Liberal Democrat MPs elected in 2010.

Well, not just any of them.

In the twist that gives Pointless its title, they had to name one who none of 100 people questioned before the show had thought of.

The finalists came up with Vince Cable, Andrew Alexander, Chris Huhne.

All were correct, but none was pointless.

Viewers were then informed that Mr Farron, president of the Liberal Democrats, was among several pointless answers.

In these cynical times many viewers would give all politicians nil points, in best Eurovision style.

The same edition of the programme, hosted by Alexander Armstrong, asked for football teams whose names end in ‘United’.

Carlisle United? Three points.

Well, on most Saturdays the club would be delighted with that tally.

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