I thought that missing Tory Paul Lainchbury's resignation might mean an end to national focus on the forthcoming by-election in Goldsmid.
But no, Private Eye (excellent as always, please subscribe!) has taken a final (?) look at the way the Tories' handling of the saga has cost the local taxpayer dear.
Under the headline 'The Curse of Gnome', the Eye has, as usual, found a new angle in its 'Rotten Boroughs' column: the outrageous £10-20,000 cost of the Tories' cynical attempt to put off Lainchbury's resignation until after April's annual council had approved Mary Mears' leadership for another year.
Here's their take on things:
SO, FAREWELL then Paul Lainchbury, Skidrow-on-Sea's absentee Tory councillor, who resigned on the day of last week's local and Euro elections.
After Lainchbury, who had missed every Brighton & Hove council committee meeting and community/resident group for a year, was exposed in the Eye, Tory council leader Mary Mears insisted he stay on long enough for Skidrow Tories - who now lose their overall majority - to select the new mayor and cabinet unopposed last month.
This meant the ensuing by-election could not be held on the same day as the Euros, prompting a special poll in Goldsmid ward costing an extra £10,000 - £20,000. Trebles all round!
That would have been enough to fund Green proposals the Tories said were just too expensive: supporting the Albert Kennedy Trust's work with young LGBT homeless men in the city, for example, or introducing an integrated travel plan for students attending the Varndean campus.
I imagine voters will be furious: the Tories can't really be expecting to win at all.
Meanwhile, the latest leaflet sent out to householders in the area by Labour Party candidate Liz Telcs seems to abandon the party (presumably in the wake of seeing the party's city-wide vote share slump to barely 15% in last week's election to the European Parliament) - though it does boast that she's being supported by local celebrities including a couple of Labour councillors and someone she knows from work.
It does boast some policy ideas too: remarkably they are almost identical to those announced by Green Party candidate Alex Phillips a couple of weeks ago: safer cleaner streets and more local school places.
Of course it's high praise for Alex that Labour are so impressed by her policies that they just want to adopt them for themselves, but I can't imagine voters will be so impressed.