It is now four days since David Cameron’s resignation honours were leaked and the stench has not gone away.
The former Prime Minister’s cynical rewards for his cronies and donors have tarnished an already devalued system.
They have further undermined trust in politics and are an insult to those who are truly deserving of honours.
There is one person who could call time on this grubby peddling of favours: Theresa May .
When she entered Downing Street, the Prime Minister signalled she would draw a line under her predecessor’s reign.
Yet when presented with an opportunity to show that she would govern differently, by blocking his resignation honours, she refused to intervene.
Today we reveal that Tony Blair had no qualms about overruling John Major to stop a gong for a Conservative Party donor.
There is a clear precedent for Mrs May to act.
This is an opportunity to clean up our politics and, in doing so, offer a genuine break with the past.
The fact that she’s flunked the chance shows how little the Tories have changed.