Adelaide was disappointed.

She had blinked over the Christmas break and missed Nick Xenophon’s stint on radio station 5AA. What a pity to miss him, Adelaide thought. He has a lovely voice, Nick Xenophon does.

There was a lot to admire in Mr Xenophon, Adelaide thought. He brought much-needed life and spice to South Australian politics. And even though he was a single issue independent, he often made good contributions to robust political debate.

She was a bit uncomfortable with the idea, nonetheless. A sitting MP with his own radio programme just a few months out from an election? It obviously wasn’t wrong, Adelaide thought. It wasn’t a secret, after all.

But something about it niggled at Adelaide.