James Packer and former Crown Resorts executive chairman John Alexander (Image: AAP/Tracey Nearmy)

Yes, sir. No, sir. Three bags full, sir.

Such is the life of a gofer to the rich and powerful. Or so it is in the case of John Alexander, loyal servant to the Packer family.

The Crown casino inquiry tabled in NSW parliament last week reserved a special place for the Packer acolyte -- 5000 words is a lot to devote to parsing someone's faults, although it does make lively reading on the subject of governance.