From Tim Parker's welcoming note to his new employees at City Hall:
"This is my first day in City Hall, and I am really looking forward to making a contribution to the Mayor's team. Over the last couple of weeks I have had an opportunity to meet with many staff across the GLA. I must say how impressed I have been by the overall calibre of people and their professionalism with which how they go about their work."
Well that all sounds very friendly and business-like. Maybe he's not the Mr. Nasty he's been made out to be. But hang on what's this?
"As the last few days have demonstrated, there is no such thing as a 'ticking over' state at City Hall. I am sure that the next four years will be exciting (for all the right reasons!) and we make further progress in improving the life of Londoners."
Am I missing something or does that sound like a threat to you? Let's read it again:
"There shall be no more ticking-over of the kind we saw last week in the Mayor's office. Oh no. All ticking shall be carefully prescribed from here on in. Any ticker-overs shall be identified and immediately ticked off the list."
"Furthermore, any excitement found from working here will be weeded out and replaced by the meeting of carefully tabled outcomes. Do you hear me quislings? CAREFULLY TABLED OUTCOMES."
Or at least that's how it read like to me. Maybe I'm reading too much into it.