Crikey editor Misha Ketchell writes:

Had things gone as they were meant to, last night at about 7:30pm, Mark
Latham would have been hunched over his computer writing his
reponses to readers’ questions for today’s Crikey. Instead, I forgot to
email the
latest batch of questions and arrived at the office this morning to
find this message in
my inbox: “What, no questions for tomorrow? Okay, I’m off to watch Dancing With The Stars to get a few tips.”

Daily Telegraph readers will get the reference – yesterday the paper ran this story saying that producers from Dancing With The Stars are close to securing Latham as a celebrity guest.

FORMER Labor leader Mark Latham
could be set to swap politics for the paso doble as a celebrity
contender in the fourth series of channel seven’s ballroom
extravaganza, Dancing with the Stars.

Confidential hears the network has approached the unemployed
house-dad, who is reportedly still considering the offer to appear in
the ratings hit in early 2006. A Seven spokesman said yesterday the negotiations for the fourth series
were still in initial phases, but confirmed Latham “would be a great
get for the program.”

Comical, yes, ridiculous, maybe, but shimmying across the dance
floor on national television definitely worked wonders for Pauline
Hanson’s public approval rating. The former One Nation leader won over
viewers after appearing in the
first series of DWTS, and has since secured her status as a high-rating
TV identity.

A ladder of opportunity, we reckon.

It all sounds rather glamorous, and I hate to be a stick in the mud,
but there are also 190 or so unanswered questions waiting in our inbox, and,
before Mark Latham foxtrots off to TV land we’d love him to answer a
few more.

Mark, you’ve got the questions now. And you can watch as much
TV as you like once you’ve done your homework.

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