Quote-tweeting a BBC News article stating that polling stations had opened, Jim Pickard wrote: “Seeing lots of excited speculation today but I’ll eat my hat if the Lib Dems win here - one of the most true blue seats in the country.”
Well, they won. And folks online demanded that he deliver on his promise. A taste of trilby. A fried fedora. A battered bucket hat. A salted snapback. People weren’t fussy, they just wanted to see one of the nation’s esteemed members of the press tucking into some headwear.
Lawyer David Allen Green turned up the heat, joking that Pickard had created a binding contract with his promise: