The Evening Standard yesterday reported that five women had 'lost their jobs' before the decision had even been confirmed at City Hall.
A copy of the article Ken's partner axed as Boris Johnson purges City Hall 'wimmin' was brought into the chamber by a reporter at yesterday's Mayor's Question Time, several hours before the relevant committee was due to discuss the matter.
The Business Management Administration Committee (or Business Management and Appointments Committee as the Standard chose to call it) did in fact confirm the job losses, but spoke of their disappointment that the redundancies had been reported in this way.
Regular Troll readers will have realised that this 'news' was reported on these pages a whole week ago. Information about the possible redundancies were contained within a report to the BMAC committee rifled through by one of my regular readers.
However, although I chose to run with the story, I did not make the mistake of saying that the members of staff had already lost their job, nor did I publish any of the individual names prior to the official confirmation.
But like their infamous 'Suicide Bomb Backers Runs Ken's Campaign' story, published during the campaign, these considerations of mere fact are as nothing, when there is the opportunity of drawing some Livingstone blood.