Half an hour ago I got a call from BBC South East asking me to go on their lunchtime show to talk about Bob Quick's allegations against the Tory Party. "He'll have apologised by then," I told the researcher. Well, whaddayaknow.
He's just issued an unreserved apology for the remarks he made yesterday.
And that should be the end of it.
He said something he shouldn't have to a reporter on the spur of the moment and at a time of high anxiety. We've all done it. People will no doubt wonder whether a man who reacts so emotionally should be heading the Counter Terror unit, but that's a matter for Sir Paul Stephenson.
The Conservatives should accept his apology and not seek to take matters further.
UPDATE: Danny Finkelstein thinks he now understands the Quick stance.