There are some traditions that provoke a warn cosy glow at Christmas time.  And one is that every year the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police gives an end-of-year interview to Radio4′s “Today” programme.

The current Commissioner is in many ways a traditionalist and it was therefore no surprise that he gave such an interview this morning.

And it is also a tradition that new(ish) Commissioners make it clear that the Metropolitan Police is improving under their leadership compared with the chaos they inherited.  Again, Sir Paul did not disappoint: he described parts of the Met, under his predecessor Sir Ian Blair, as “dysfunctional … at a senior level”, promised that (unlike the previous incumbent?) he does not wish to be a “celebrity” and assured us that the Met is now a “happier” place.

…. and a Merry Christmas from the eighth floor of New Scotland Yard.

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