Boris Johnson engineered yet another climb down today, hinting that he may now continue with half-price bus and tram fares for London's poor.
Boris announced last Sunday that people on income support would no longer benefit from half-price fares, after the current deal comes to an end in August. But in a victory for London's poor and after a week's worth of criticism, there are signs that a u-turn may finally be coming around.
The way in which the news was originally announced, and the way in which it so blatantly targeted the least well off was a worrying sign of things to come. But on the central and most important issue, it now seems that Boris has seen sense.
News of the possible u-turn came in response to dogged questioning by the Guardian's Dave Hill. Asked about how doubling fares for people on income support would fulfill the Mayor's commitment to narrow the gap between rich and poor, Team Boris responded that they would now ask Transport for London to "consider whether there may be alternative ways of providing this support."
And although this is by no means a clear cut promise, it does look like people on income support may not have the cost of their fares doubled after all. And if this really does become another one of Boris Johnson's policy reversals, then I for once will not be complaining.