London Mayor Boris Johnson has had a mixed week. On Sunday he was subjected to a pretty brutal interview by Eddie Mair on BBC1 in which it was put to him he is "a nasty piece of work", based on selected highlights from a BBC2 documentary the following evening.
But by the time the BBC2 show came around it became clear it was actually little more than a shameless puff piece for Johnson.
Sure, it contained a review of past scandals: Johnson's lies and affairs. But these weren't presented in order to skewer Boris. It was done in order to get it all out in the open once and for all. This was Boris - on his terms - getting some tricky questions out of the way in order to clear a path to the Tory party leadership.
But just as Boris and his PR team must have been patting themselves on the back for a job well done, his old friend Darius Guppy, a convicted fraudster has leapt to Johnson's defence writing for The Spectator - the magazine Johnson once edited.
Guppy began by addressing Mair's criticism of Johnson for being sacked from an early journalism job at The Times for making up a quote:
"Eddie Mair has more front than Harrods. Consider this: a member of the British Media, Mr Mair, berates another former such member, Boris Johnson, for making up quotes! What planet are you living on, Mr Mair? Making things up is what people in your profession do for a living!"
File this next one under 'With friends like this...'
"Next, Mr Johnson, a politician, is criticised for lying to another politician... That's what politicians do ...And they fiddle their expenses and they pervert the course of justice and they commit perjury..."
"Tell me, Mr Mair, which do you think will cause Mr Johnson the greater difficulty on the Day of Judgement: making up some quotes as a journalist or the ritual humiliation of his wife and children?"
"But should being 'a nasty piece of work', as Mr Mair put it, preclude Mr Johnson from high office?"
It's a good question, but possibly one Boris would prefer his friends weren't asking.