The Coalition Government has done well in publishing a list of the highest paid public servants, ahead of Will Hutton's review of public sector pay.
Left Foot Forward was quick to spot that the list's terms of reference conveniently missed out one of the best paid of all - with Andy Coulson's reported salary as head of communications for number 10 lifting the bar significantly.
John Prescott has developed the theme in a letter to David Cameron - suggesting that reports of Coulson's salary suggest he could be paid more than £2 million from the taxpayer over a five year term. The challenge seems to be encouraging a somewhat more rapid response to being open about the details of new appointments too.
No doubt economists will be found to point out that one problem with the "earns more than the PM" benchmark is that the supply of Prime Ministers is relatively wage-inelastic.
But the Coalition must surely expect to be held to its commitment to the "new politics" - and to set an example by acting on its belief that transparency will help to restrain runaway salaries in taxpayer funded roles, and Vince Cable's call today for "more discipline" in public sector pay today.
The logical conclusion of their rhetoric would be for Dave and Nick to make a commitment that no new political appointee to the government would earn more than the Prime Minister.
Given the opportunity of public service at the heart of power, surely Andy Coulson, Steve Hilton and those (relatively few) political appointees who might be affected would be willing to serve for the same fairly generous salary as David Cameron?