This is quite a good way to deal with the problem of two-year sabbaticals. Felix columnists are the only people who get more exposure than sabbaticals which puts them in a great position come election time.
does this mean jon matthews is going to start is $10m job managing golf courses in the pacific rim while using his private jet to attend council and ensure that union isn't falling to pieces while he's not around?
I hardly think Steve (bless him!) won because of his wonderful thoughts on various aspects of life as seen in Felix, but merely as enough people thought he was a more credible and better candidate than the others.
I was wondering why you weren't using your usual pseudonym. Now we have a Chris fake and a James Millen fake. Either that or there are more than one of each of them. Or they are posting from parallel dimensions. And I need to stop posting on Live!. :S