The Metropolitan Police Authority is in session and the DCiC*, Deputy Mayor Kit “HoT”** Malthouse AM is in the Chair.
And the DCiC was showing his sensitive side. He has clearly been hurt by the criticism that he is too busy to fulfil the role of MPA Chair and the nit-picking about his attendance record at MPA Committee meetings. So the item on the agenda for his oral report consisted merely of him telling the Authority that he had had 46 meetings in the last month – and as he was away or one of the weeks concerned that works out as a productivity rate of around 3 per working day.
He promises to keep us informed of his work rate at future meetings, but that will not satisfy Jenny Jones AM. She wants an indicator measuring the “quality” of the meetings. No doubt those meeting HoT in future will be asked to fill in a form afterwards asking “how was it for them?”
However, HoT is clearly alive to this danger: he assured the Authority that he prefers what he calls “action” to meetings.
But the DCiC was also in magnanimous mood. He recommended that his Conservative colleague, Tony Arbour AM, should be appointed to the MPA’s Strategic and Operational Policing Committee (despite two years of efforts by the Conservative Group on the London Assembly to keep Tony Arbour off the MPA itself and strenuous efforts at previous meetings to resist extra members being appointed to the Strategic and Operational Policing Committee). It was mischievously suggested instead he should go on the under-subscribed Finance and Resources Committee. However, this was squashed firmly when Tony Arbour told the Authority “You should never trust me with money” – a reassuring remark to the residents of Richmond-upon-Thames where he used to be Council Leader.