The DCiC*, Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse AM, has in a moment of emotional transparency told the readers of the March issue of The Job (the Metropolitan Police in-house magazine for police officers) about his formative influences. Lauding the Volunteer Police Cadets scheme and the Scouts Association, he says:
“It is exactly these types of organisations that deserve our support. They build self-respect, character and a sense of duty to others – qualities we need more of in the capital.”
And then comes the self-revelatory bit:
At this very moment the Scouts Association is planning a new poster campaign:
JOIN THE SCOUTS AND YOU COULD GET TO BE LIKE ME
The DCiC has been in touch. He thinks I am being a tad unfair. I’ve told him to blame the picture on the Evening Standard. But it turns out that what he is really miffed about is that his self-deprecatory exclamation mark at the end of his comment “… and look at the direction my own life went in” was missed off by The Job.
I always knew that there was an irony bypass somewhere in New Scotland Yard so it was probably edited out.
The question is: will heads roll?