As I pressed “publish” on the previous post, the BBC was announcing that the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police is to be Sir Paul Stephenson.  We will know soon enough if they are right.

However, journalistic rumours about who the successful candidate is have been swirling about all day.  Indeed, only two hours ago, I had a call from a journalist inviting me to confirm that the successful candidate was Sir Hugh Orde.  Five minutes later I got a call from another journalist – from the SAME national newspaper – inviting me to confirm that the successful candidate was Sir Paul Stephenson.

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