There have been two stories in this past week that neatly sum up the current state of play in Tory London.
Last week a Conservative member of Boris Johnson's Fire Authority was suspended from Brent council for serious misconduct.
Understandably there were immediate calls for her to stand down from her position on LFEPA.
However, rather than stand down, it soon became clear that the Tories actually wanted to promote her to a new role as Deputy Chair.
Urged to prevent this, Boris stood aside and allowed her to be rewarded with this new role (and allowance) instead.
Now thanks to Boris, the disgraced and suspended Cllr Bertha Joseph will join the even more disgraced Cllr Brian Coleman in representing the Fire Service to Londoners.
Earlier this year the Standard also exposed the Tory leader of London Councils Merrick Cockell for his love of transatlantic junkets and taxpayer-funded limousines.
Like his sometime dining companion Ian Clement, Mr Cockell's grand visits to luxury international hotels were financed at the not so grand local-taxpayers' expense
However, while Clement lied about his dining companions, Cockell failed to even declare the "colleague" he shared a meal with at the Four Seasons restaurant, New York.
Asked who this person was, and what they were discussing, Cockell would only say that he had forgotten.
Repeatedly pushed on why this was, Cockell finally replied:
From: "email@example.com"To: ***********@btinternet.comSent: Monday, 21 September, 2009 11:57:38 AMSubject: RE: January 2007Dear Mr *******I regret that I do not have this information from two and a half yearsago. Had I the information you are requesting then it would have beenprovided in response to your earlier FOI and other enquiries.Yours sincerely,Councillor Merrick CockellLeader, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
So how has Cockell's incompetence and greed been dealt with? Well with a lovely new role on the Audit Commision of course.
And where are those other tireless defenders of taxpayer value, the Taxpayers' Alliance when you need them?
Well they're tirelessly defending a Tory MP of course.