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No, I think in 1999, a couple years after I'd started working on the Stephen Lawrence case, there was a briefing, CRA briefing of Lord Condon, and I was asked at the end of that -- just a monthly briefing at Scotland Yard, crime reporters, and at the end of that briefing the questions were open to the floor, "Anything you'd like to ask Lord Condon?", and I asked Lord Condon, Sir Paul as he was then: "If the MacPherson Inquiry is critical of you, personally, will you resign?" And jaws dropped amongst Metropolitan Police personnel there. I thought it was a perfectly legitimate question.

After the meeting, one of Sir Paul's aides came up to me and asked why I was asking that question, which I thought was a legitimate question, so I said, "Actually, I asked that question because it's an important question, not because I have anything personally against Sir Paul Condon. I'm an independent journalist and that's the question I wanted to ask". He answered the question, but I felt uncomfortable that it was a cosy situation where you couldn't ask difficult questions.

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