Mr Mayor, you will know that the good folk of Barnet and Camden are avid readers of the Daily Telegraph and, of course, particularly look forward to your weekly article. You will recall the excellent piece that you wrote on 21 September 2009 on the subject of cuts - yours and my favourite subject - where the agenda, I think, has moved on considerably since we last spoke on the matter. In that piece you made a rather powerful point about saving front line services; very important.
You also made the point about the legion of officials whose responsibilities have been generated by the cascade of bad law from Whitehall and Brussels - human resources (HR), payroll, information technology (IT), on and on - and, of course, diversity officers. So will you be encouraging the functional bodies to seriously look, as we are going to do on LFEPA, at mainstreaming the equalities work, leaving the 1990s agenda behind and, therefore, getting rid of the need for these particular posts?