Let us try and bring a bit of common sense back to this because if you listen to the sort of comments we have heard this morning you would think, Mr Mayor, that the people you gather around you still have to prove themselves. The truth is that Londoners will be pleased to know they have all proved themselves already in senior capacities elsewhere and Londoners will be particularly pleased to see that you have senior figures from local government helping you because, regrettably, your predecessor could not find any whom he had not fallen out with to assist him in his job. Does this herald a new approach to working with the boroughs and with Londoners more widely than your predecessor who relied on a group from Socialist Action to advise him?
Very well then. In that case we will take it as a statement on my part rather than as a question which obviously does not need clarification or support.
What lessons have you learned from your predecessor when it comes to making open, honest and transparent appointments?