My earlier post about the disappearance of Sir (now Lord) Ian Blair’s portrait from the rogues’ gallery of former Commissioners was picked up earlier this week by the Guardian Diary.

Today they report the results of their inquiries:

“the answer from Scotland Yard is that they have been forced to take the painting into protective custody. Vulnerable to accidents or perhaps to the whims of the malicious, it needs a covering, officials say. Thus, it will be missing for a few more weeks. But here’s the thing. While most of the portraits of commissioners, from Robert Peel to Lord Blair’s predecessor Lord Stevens, have glass coverings of different descriptions, the portrait of Lord Condon, who stepped down in 2000 and survived the turbulence of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, has no apparent covering and yet would appear to have survived the years unmarked and untroubled. But then, few there speak ill of him.”

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