The Metropolitan Police Authority is in session and Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse AM is in the Chair. The Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, was in attendance after his absence for five months following complex (and painful) surgery on his leg. He was sporting a fetching and elegant walking stick, which will no doubt soon to be authorised by the Home Office as approved police equipment.
He is known not to enjoy his public appearances at City Hall and his sense that somebody is out to get him will not have been helped by his chair collapsing underneath him as soon as he leant back, prompting a growl from his Deputy, Tim Godwin, “Don’t break anything else”.
Despite that, he continued smiling (some of his predecessors would have no doubt instigated a forensic examination of the chair to identify whether anyone had removed a screw) and launched into his report. It will be interesting to see whether he is smiling as much in two hours time ….