Last night whilst out with friends, the subject turned - inevitably at this late time of year - to the annual compilation of the competition Dead Pool.
For reasons about which I am unclear, I was not permitted to have Frank Bough, but that's not the point.
Anyway, equally inevitably, thoughts turn more to hope than prediction, which - of course - means Margaret Thatcher's name comes up.
And a fully horrific thought struck me.
She's going to die about ten days before the 2010 General Election, isn't she?
You can picture it if you try. The perfect opportunity for those unscrupulous bastards to exploit the moment. An Election Broadcast, In Memoriam.
There's one of those Big Video/film advert voiceover voices.
"Remember her commitment to modernising Britain..."
CUT TO THATCHER - "And what a prize we have to fight for: no less than the chance to banish from our land the dark, divisive clouds of Marxism".
"Remember her victories abroad..."
CUT TO THATCHER - "Just rejoice at that news and congratulate our forces and the marines".
"Remember her victories at home..."
CUT TO THATCHER "We always have to be aware of the enemy within, which is much more difficult to fight and much more dangerous".
"Remember her compassion for all of us... "
CUT TO THATCHER - "There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women; and there are families".
"Margaret Thatcher may have gone, but you can honour her memory. Remember all that. Remember what she stood for. Remember Margaret Thatcher....
... And Vote Labour this polling day".