I have to say I am disappointed in Alex for doing this, not least as to why? What was the point apart from making a lame joke? That said I am equally if not more surprised that the media did not latch onto the giveaways in the hoax, such as "Midsomer Murders" and (copyright R. Monkee). As for the Americans getting angry about the whole thing and the Mayor's Office threatening legal action, I would say that, whilst I appreciate their hurt, it's something thats best swiftly forgotten.
I would also say that Alex is a friend of mine. A classic example of what makes him a good ally was a few months ago I was unsure of how to deal with a particular political situation. Alex was someone I got in touch with and he was able to persuade me quickly on what course of action to take and to see correctly exactly how the situation should be seen, for which I am greatful for.
Yes he has form, yes sometimes he gets a bit silly and that, yes he sometimes lets his passions get the better of him. But he is also hard-working, clever, generous, thoughtful, and 99 % of the time, generally good at being about to correctly analyse a political situation for what it is. He has also matured somewhat in the last couple of years and I think it would be sad if his gifts were overlooked and/or his few moments of ill-thought out actions got the better of him.