Boris the independent voice for London is a concept increasingly commented on. Today Conservative Home editor Tim Montgomerie is the latest to draw attention to Boris’s willingness to set his own course and speak out.
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.
Citizens Advice (CAB) says its South East bureaux have seen a 36 per cent rise in enquiries about water and sewerage debt problems between April and June this year compared to the same period last year.
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.
Rumours that the state might pay millions of pounds for political parties’ candidate selection processes could be the final straw for the public, says Damian Hockney. “David Lammy’s recent call for ‘Primaries’ for the London Mayor elections was worthy of Marie Antoinette in one of her less thoughtful moments,” he says. “These exercises in central control will not fool anyone. And if the state were to pay for this process, then the tumbrils might finally roll.”
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.
The capital’s water supplier writes about promoting the quality of their product, the right to choose between bottled and tap when out for a meal or drink and replacing pipes to reduce leakage.