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.