A Prime Ministerial entourage of Peter Mandelson, Alastair Campbell, Philip Gould, Carole Caplin and Michael Levy was unseemly enough.
But the likes of George Osborne, Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson, Lynton Crosby and Steve Hilton represent a previously unimagined nadir.
Crosby is not mentioned in all the 700 pages of John Howard's autobiography, and the most important thing about The Wizard of Oz was that he turned out to be a fake in the end.
The entire media are saying, or pictorially representing, everything short of an explicit reference to David Cameron's adultery with a woman who is now to stand two separate trials, one for phone-hacking and the other for bribing the police.
Why? They obviously mean it. They can obviously prove it. Why not just say it, and bring down the worst Government in living memory? What do they think that they are for?
This horse comes straight out of the Augean Stables. Must we wait for Ed Miliband to clear them out? Can we still afford to wait until May 2015 for that Herculean Labour?