I don't just mean since last summer. I don't think there has been a free-for-all previously. I think there is clear evidence of some serious misjudgments by some very senior people, and I think, and as you rightly say, it angers rival newspapers, but I think there seems to have been favouritism towards one particular title and I don't think that's acceptable either.
But my dealings with officers, the boundaries have been fairly clear. They don't transgress into operations, they don't jeopardise operations. They behave quite cautiously. And if they do want to tell you something that is coming up, it is under a kind of agreement that you are not going to transgress it. There may even be -- at that point there may be a press officer and a formal embargo.
What I would resist about a recording and note-taking, what causes me concern about it is that I really believe that an officer who is confident and able to deal with the press and feels quite, you know, absolutely certain of their own ability in that environment, and therefore has contact with the press, my fear is that that officer will ultimately be victimised, if everything is recorded. They will find themselves overlooked for promotion, they will find themselves, you know, sidelined.
I mean, my experience of the politics of policing is that it can be a viper's nest. There's a lot of -- anyone who's chronicled the Ian Blair years knows there's a lot of back-stabbing and back-biting that goes on.