Boris Johnson's spin operation went into overdrive today after he admitted on the Today Programme to having no knowledge of a key agreement limiting London's contribution to the Olympics.
Asked about the Memorandum of Understanding which prevents Londoners from having to pay any more for Olympic overspends, Boris replied that he had not seen the document and then completely denied its existence.
After admitting not to have seen the memorandum he was then asked:
Interviewer: "When you do see this memorandum...are you going to try to see this Memorandum of Understanding? Will you publish it when you see it?"
Boris: "I rather doubt that it exists."
The extraordinary claim that this vital and publicly available document had been invented was then immediately taken apart by the Today Programme's own sports editor, a spokesperson for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and Ken Livingstone who had secured the agreement himself.
That Boris hadn't even bothered to read such an important part of the Olympic deal before appearing on the BBC to talk about it is of course not hugely surprising. That, we keep on being told, is Boris. Isn't he lovable?
Up the Creek
However, what was more surprising was the Olympic spin operation, stroke Soviet style rewriting of history, that immediately went into operation. Almost before a single journalist could turn on his laptop, this statement was being prepared:
Oh so now I undestand. When Boris said that the document didn't exist, what he really meant was that it did exist, it had always existed and that it was central to his plans. Phew. I'm glad that one's cleared up.