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Monday, March 05, 2012 

"I'll be gone till November."

Good to know then that deputy mayor of London Kit Malthouse last year "repeatedly told" the then Met commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson that Operation Weeting, the reinvestigation of phone hacking at the News of the World was "over-resourced" and being driven by "press hysteria". This is a remarkably similar line to the one that the likes of Jeremy Clarkson and Kelvin MacKenzie were pushing prior to the Graun's Milly Dowler revelation, both of whom are or were employees of News International.

At least we can be reassured that Malthouse is only chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority... oh, that was abolished in January. The new Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime now sets "strategic direction and allocates resources" for the Met, in line with the coalition's wonderful Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. Anyone on the outside looking in might have thought that further politicising the police would be a bad idea, considering the recent revelations, but not so our glorious government. Can't wait for November.

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