Tony Blair is not a lawyer for nothing. He opened his evidence to the Leveson inquiry today with a guilty plea, but what he was really doing was preparing to declare himself innocent on a much more serious charge
The former prime minister confessed that he had decided to "manage... not confront" the power of the press. In other words, he'd decided to form a relationship with the media which he described as "unhealthy" - a word he said he preferred to "cosy".
He knows the questions which will lie ahead, and so do we, but then we also know - or, at least, can predict - many of the answers.
We already know that Tony Blair is the godfather of one of Rupert Murdoch's children; we already know that as Opposition leader he flew half way round the world to speak to News Corp executives; we already know that the two men spoke regularly in the lead-up to the Iraq War - allegedly more often than the prime minister spoke to his senior ministers.