So, Sir Ian Kennedy (new chairman of the Independent Standards Authority) is a close personal friend of Alastair Campbell. Does it matter? To the Westminster lobby it does - because they missed the story until it was too late. So, it has to be said, did the blogosphere. Alastair Campbell tweeted this morning that he thought he was reading a diary story, until he realised it was the Telegraph's front page splash. Clearly it is a story that Sir Ian is very well plugged in, not just to Alastair Campbell, but many other leading Labour figures. But his background also indicates that he is a man of independent mind.
That is also borne out by his comments in the papers this morning outlining his views on Sir Christopher Kelly's report. He really has put the cat among the pigeons by suggesting that he is not duty bound to accept Kelly's recommendations in full, and that he will do his own thing, thank you very much. Sir Ian is apparently unhappy at the proposal to ban spouses working for MPs and several other things too.
So the fact that Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg accepted Kelly's report in full appears to count for nothing. And in some ways they should have realised that. If you cede parliamentary sovereignty to an outside, independent body, don't be surprised if that decision comes back to bite you.
It just did.