Livingstone is cliquey, very cliquey. You can get away with that if your clique is honest, hard working and effective. Unfortunately the Livingstone clique is not. One of the people at the heart of the Livingstone machine is Lee Jasper, a powerful and influential advisor to the Mayor.
He is on big money, £100,000 or more a year, has no electoral mandate and does not have to fill in a register of members interests. Pity, it might be useful.
Andrew Gilligan has a major piece on the way that funding influenced by Mr Jasper has been distributed to organisations and companies that he is involved in or is close to. That in itself would be unacceptable, but it has also been alleged that the funds have not been appropriately spent .
Office expenses for an organisation with no offices, grants to companies which not longer exist, money for equipment that never materialised. If true, even true in parts, it is damning stuff and will reflect very badly on the Mayor.
Lee Jasper will need to answer some tough questions and do so quickly.