Harold Wilson was wrong when he said a week is a long time in politics. If he had come to Medway he would know it was a %@*! long time.
At the heart of the shenanigans over the past few days has been Cllr Craig Mackinlay. He is looking increasingly isolated over his role as agent to David Craggs, the councillor who was elected for River ward only to resign less than a fortnight later.
By coincidence the former Medway Cabinet member, Chris Buckwell will act as agent for everyone (including Mr Mackinlay) for the May 5 local elections. Everyone, that is, within the Rochester and Strood Constituency Conservative Association.
A lot of mud has been thrown and background briefings given about the debacle.
The facts are that it cost taxpayers £11,500 to stage the election.
Labour fell 73 votes short of the Tory candidate who resigned 13 days later.
Mr Craggs was a headmaster, a Special Constable, a one-time Territorial Army member and therefore, on the face of it, ideal to be a councillor.
The by-election attracted 1,382 voters, and cost around £8.32 for each voter who bothered to turn out.
He might have seemed ideal. But he is a Special in the Kent Constabulary. That is Home Office-funded and therefore excludes local politicians from being Specials.
After all, councillors can be appointed to sit on the Kent Police Authority. It directs and deals with issues such as discipline.
Imagine what would happen if a councillor was the subject of a disciplinary hearing because he wore the police uniform.
The police regulations are not clear. What is clear is that the chief constable has to know of any conflict of interests.
In this case, Ian Learmonth faced the problem in his first days as head of the force. He ruled against a Special being a councillor. It was up to Mr Craggs to decide which he wanted to be. He chose the force he has served for 17 years, and ended his brief political career.
What has followed has become increasingly acrimonious and masks many questions.
Cllr Mackinlay is an experienced political campaigner. He has been fighting elections for many years.
He was Mr Craggs' agent. That gave him responsibility for ensuring the candidate was suitable and could be elected. The ultimate responsibility for the candidates lies with their agents.
In the past few days he published a party political leaflet for River ward residents in which there was an aggressive attack on Mr Learmonth, and saying that the police should foot the bill for the election to find Mr Craggs replacement.
Unfortunately, he is hazy about precisely who advised the association or himself about the legal aspects. That doesn't help his case.
He has also stirred up a massive hornets' nest.
The Chairman of the police authority is reporting him to the Standards Committee.
The police force led by Mr Learmonth is doing the same.
Both accuse him of making false statements and bringing his office into disrepute.
This promises to run and run.
The Rochester and Chatham Constituency Conservative Association issued a glossy all-colour newsletter for the Strood area. Somewhat inappropriately at the present time it's called In Touch.
There's a fine photograph of councillors Les Wicks and Jane Etheridge congratulating the latest member of the administration on his election.
The only problem is that the successful councillor was David Craggs.
He had already resigned, and told the media his brief political career was over by the time many people received the newsletter.
If you want the facts - read the Medway Messenger.