Yesterday was something of a field day for council watchers in Carmarthenshire. First we had a report in the Western Mail revealing that various options were being considered in response to Mark James's application to leave the council under its severance scheme, with the possibility that a golden goodbye could cost as much as £446,000.
Next we had Callum Higgins telling the South Wales Guardian that the Labour group would block a payment. Then Kevin Madge, the Labour leader of the council, entered the fray. Caebrwyn reports that, true to form, Kev does what he always does when cornered: blame it all on the Plaid Cymru opposition group which he said had leaked the proposals he had been sitting on for five weeks.
But it didn't all end there. Next we had a anonymous Labour source telling the South Wales Guardian that the Labour group had decided to reject three of the most "viable" options for a pay-off and would be going for what it termed "the status quo" option which would either leave Mr James in post or force him to resign.
The County Council itself remained very tight-lipped, with the press office saying only, "We are currently in the process of considering the severance applications, with a view to releasing eligible applicants at the end of March 2015. This is in accordance with our agreed severance scheme and timetable."
Callum Higgins' contribution was obvious electioneering, and his appearance on the front page of this week's South Wales Guardian would clearly have been scripted and approved by Kevin Madge and other more senior Labour figures, but this little piece of political spin could come back to bite and cost council tax payers in Carmarthenshire dear.
Readers will recall one of the strangest episodes last year when Tim Kerr QC, the barrister employed by Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire county councils to defend their unlawful pension opt-out arrangements, appeared before councillors in Haverfordwest and pulled out some papers from an envelope naming various councillors who had expressed an opinion in the press that Bryn Parry-Jones should go.
In Mr Kerr's view, they had pre-judged the decision they were now being invited to make and could therefore find themselves in breach of the code of conduct and subject to disciplinary proceedings. The papers, it turned out, had been handed to him by the council's Monitoring Officer, and the ruse worked.
Callum Higgins' outing in the pages of the South Wales Guardian was rather more blatant than anything that opposition councillors in Pembrokeshire did, and he implicated not just himself but the entire Labour group, which he said was "united in their opposition" to a payout.
This raises the prospect that under "Kerr's law" the Labour group in County Hall could find itself debarred from making a decision on Mr James's future if the matter ever goes before full council.
But it does not end there.
County councillors are not just our elected representatives but Mr James's employers, and by making his comments yesterday, Callum Higgins could well find himself to be in breach of the councillors' code of conduct for releasing confidential information about an employee.
What is more, Callum has handed the chief executive a golden ticket to sue the council for breaches of his employment rights, and as we all know, Mr James is no slouch when it comes to using legal enforcers and the courts to protect his interests.
Far from drawing a line under the whole saga, as Kevin Madge has repeatedly hoped would happen, he and Callum have just ensured that the row will rumble on for months to come with who knows what unpleasant hidden surprises.