As the Summernats sagas grow ever more lurid the Chief Minister has put his hand up to a bit of media manipulation.
We had wondered just how a handy treasury minute on Summernats finances had found its way into the hands of media.
It turns out Mr Stanhope left it behind for them after a media conference.
He has very graciously accepted “full responsibility” for his actions which, as it happenned, applied pressure exactly where he wanted it.
Still, it’s not the sort of trick you can pull every day is it?
How long would be a decent period to wait before trying it again? Six months? Two years?