Cash-strapped Birmingham city council is sponsoring a conference organised by a think tank dedicated to cutting public spending.
The Conservative and Liberal Democrat-led authority is sponsoring a London conference organised by Reform, at a cost of £7,500.
Star speaker will be Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, who spends much of his time attacking councils for wasting taxpayers' money.
Before I go further, I should point out that Birmingham City Council have been asked for a comment (at about ten minutes to five this afternoon) and have promised to speak to us tomorrow. So they haven't really had a chance to respond.