As a Royal Mail worker John Deas reckoned that nothing coming through the post could surprise him. But this morning the Lib Dem stalwart was stunned to receive a package urging him to vote for the next leader of the Labour Party.
Enclosed was a ballot form, a candidates' handbook with helpful information on all of the would-be Labour leaders and a stamped envelope to return his vote to the Electoral Society to be counted.
"I was flattered and mildly amused that the Labour Party would ask me to help them choose their next leader, but also a little bit baffled as to why they would send it to me, a fully paid up member of the Liberal Democrat Party" says John.
After a while he realised that, as a postal worker in the CWU union, all members get a vote in the leadership elections, no matter which political party they belong to - which might skew the result slightly.
Meanwhile the Communication Workers Union is officially saying `Vote Balls!'
"My thoughts precisely" says John "I won't be voting for anyone!"