The Financial Times carries the latest damning verdict from a 'senior member of David Cameron's Conservative Party' on Boris Johnson's time in power.
The off the record source describes the new administration as being 'a bit of a shambles' and is the latest attempt by a nervous Team Cameron to distance themselves from the Mayor.
But with four months of (pretty bruising) executive experience under his belt, I can't help but feel a little defensive of our new Mayor.
Because although Boris has made a bit of a mess of things so far, he is still by far the most powerful and electorally successful conservative politician in the country.
And if I was Boris Johnson right now, I would feel mightily pissed off to be taking anonymous criticism from the ranks of pompous gasbag nobodies at the top level of the Conservative Party.
In fact the standard line emanating from Team Cameron that "Boris is just Boris and he's nothing to do with us guv" is a fantastically patronising one.
And when many of the problems in Boris Johnson's first few months have been caused by the duds imposed on him from central office, it is also incredibly misleading.
So as Boris Johnson gears himself up to begin his new term in office my advice to him is to ignore the intellectually bankrupt know-nothings nudging their way into power and to start listening to his own instincts about how the capital should be run.
-UPDATE- There is a sign today that some common sense may be creeping through with this appointment.