The blame game began apace last night as both Team Boris and Team Dave sought to distance themselves from the catastrophic events of the last few days.
And as newspaper editors prepared to pour buckets of the brown stuff over the boys in blue, Team Dave tried desperately to lay the fault at the feet of his blond haired rival.
"Last night Mr Johnson's reputation for taking risks was seen as a growing liability among Tories uneasy about the way he is running his administration.
His decision to call a press conference on Thursday with Mr Lewis was seen to have backfired, after it became clear he was not aware of the scale of the charges against his deputy."
Of course this is the risk that you take when you're as keen on devolution as Cameron says he is. But hang on, what's this:
"Critics pointed out that Mr Cameron was also an enthusiastic backer of Mr Lewis' work as a community leader, praising him as an 'inspirational leader'.
"But there were signs that his office intervened to end the crisis after the Ministry of Justice said it had no record of Mr Lewis as a magistrate."
So was Dave wrong about Ray or wasn't he? And has Boris been devolved power here or hasn't he? Time to hear from the blond I think:
“It is with extreme reluctance and sadness that I have accepted the resignation of Ray Lewis. He has always been, and remains, an inspiring figure to me. Ray is not a conventional politician but that is a strength as well as a weakness. Ray can communicate and connect with communities and individuals that are beyond the reach of most mainstream politicians.
Oh I see. An 'unconventional politician' who can communicate with people the other politicians just can't reach. A string of 'unsubstantiated allegations' (when's that inquiry beginning again?) masking the occasional forgivable porky. Does any of this sound familiar? Has anyone got a pyramid handy? Because if they have, I've found a load of piffle they can pour into it.
Keep your friends (not so) close
Of course with Boris and Dave busily scrapping in a sack, it has been easy for their old friends to rush in for for a quick kick.
And with only the Sun willing to bury the story this morning, it has been with some surprise that I have watched Boris's cheerleaders at the Daily Mail group, take such pleasure in their new work.
And although the Murdoch press are content to hold their fire for now, just don't expect them be wheeling out that battlebus any time soon.