As City Hall descends into yet another leadership crisis, Boris Johnson's transition chief is again being lined up for the blame.
Nick Boles who last month acted as the fall guy for the Ray Lewis fiasco, is now being linked to the resignations of all three high-level Boris Johnson appointments.
Paul Waugh of the Evening Standard reports on his blog:
Insiders claim that Mr Boles was closely involved in the appointment of each of the three figures who have been forced to quit - former Deputy Mayor Ray Lewis, former deputy chief of staff James McGrath and now Tim Parker.
I'm told that a power struggle with Sir Simon Milton was part of the reason for the latest departure of Mr Parker (the vastly more experienced Milton having been installed as policy chief), as well as an insistence from TfL chief Tim O'Toole that he would not take orders from anyone on transport other than the Mayor). Yet Boles had reassurred Boris that Parker was the man to effectively "run London" on his behalf.
Leaving the insight about Milton and O'Toole to one side for a moment, there does seem to be a fascinating blame game going on here.
When Ray Lewis got himself into trouble, the Mayor's spin operation first blamed a nameless left-wing conspiracy, then they blamed the Bishops, then they blamed Nick Boles, then they blamed Boris's election chief, then they blamed the law itself, and now they're back to blaming Nick Boles again.
Now has anyone stopped to think here that maybe, just maybe, the person to blame might actually be the Mayor himself?