Ken Livingstone is currently on LBC talking about his expense claims, as trailed in the Daily Mail.
He's had surprising support from most callers so far.
His biographer was non-plussed and his old nemesis Nick Ferrari has just called it a "non-story" on air.
The trouble with the original article is that either the Mayor's office, or the Mail themselves removed vital context from the claims.
Namely, who he was meeting for those dinners, and why.
You can judge for yourself why that was, but luckily one City Hall worker has just filled in the gaps for us. Here's what they found:
And their thoughts:
Dinner with Clinton Foundation, for the C40 Large Cities Climate Change conference in New York and in Shanghai all perfectly acceptable. They were promoting London, bringing in investment etc, etc.Interesting that, if it was them, Ken paid for dinner with Bechtel. Probably didn’t want to constrain himself in calling the Metronet consortium the rude names he did!Lunch with Jesse Jackson, at the Labour Party conference and in Cuba more of a party political/left wing love in. Not against the rules and pretty much any mayor of what Party would do it, although it would have been better if the Labour Party had paid for these.Lord (Desmond) Plummer is an ex TORY leader of the GLC.Green Alliance think tank dinner is a bit surprising. You would have thought that they should have paid, but Ken was at that time trying to build an alliance for the elections.
Without the full claims, I think that's as much as we're going to learn from all this.
The Mayor's office needed to deflect some attention from Boris and his aides, and they found just the man for the job.
To Ken's credit, he's at least been willing to go on air and answer questions about his expenses.
And he did leave the job some 14 months ago.
When are Boris Johnson and his aides planning to answer questions about theirs?