We’ve been here before, it’s early November, a People’s Question Time session is about to take place and Boris’s PR operation are briefing on his progress in increasing accountability at City Hall.
As Sir Paul Stephenson recently made clear, the person who eventually decides how and where officers are deployed is the Commissioner. The actual decision might be taken by local officers but all operational decisions are ultimately taken in the Commissioner’s name and under his authority.
As a fan of strong, bold government and someone who believes the Mayor has a role in providing essential services I applaud Boris for pushing ahead in the wake of opposition in his own ranks and, apparently, within the London Development Agency.
The last time Boris sat before the London Assembly he had pretty bad morning, any hopes he might of had of an easier ride at this morning’s first session of the new term will have crumbled as one Tory AM after another opposed his flagship policies.