I think that is right, and I understand that everybody is going into the discussion on what might have to happen next year with an open mind on precisely what you may settle on.
The Mayor: No: people are not going in with an open mind.
Angie Bray: I am certain that the boroughs are.
The Mayor: We had a meeting. Everybody present at the meeting agreed that we need a linear route - except Kensington. Westminster took that view, the police take that view, I take that view, and the Notting Hill Carnival Trust does. Kensington was not committing itself at that stage, so there is still an argument to be had to get there.
Angie Bray: You mentioned in your original answer that this year the floats will have a police officer attached to each one, which I think everybody will agree is a good idea. The problem seems to be that no one seems able yet to decide how many floats will be allowed on the route, and I know that you will have heard from both Westminster and from Kensington and Chelsea - and, I think, from the Met - that the preferred option would be some way of licensing the vehicles on the route to ensure that we can control the numbers - although it would be up to the Trust to decide which vehicles actually got the licence.
Having heard from all the agencies yesterday at your meeting, are you now prepared to throw your weight behind this idea as a way of making sure that the floats can get round in the proper time, and that we can have the earlier closure which I heard John Stevens say he was hoping to be able to deliver at this year's Carnival?