Marco Goldschmied was absent for the first time since the launch of the Stephen Lawrence Award, which is paid for by his foundation. Surely he could not be petty enough to want to avoid seeing his former partner pick up an award? He did have a good excuse – he was supporting another of his charities, Amnesty, at its revival of The Secret Policeman’s Ball. And Doreen Lawrence was also away, at a wedding in Jamaica. It was touching to see the award presented instead by her surviving son.