Magazine article The Spectator

Beholden to Mayor Ken

Magazine article The Spectator

Beholden to Mayor Ken

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From Lindsay Jenkins Sir: David Williams (Letters, 17 September) pointed out that David Cameron's mayor-appointed police chiefs would allow Ken Livingstone to appoint the Commissioner of the Met. Insane indeed.

Yet that insanity arrived with Labour's creation of a London mayor eight years ago. The mayor personally appoints just over half of the members of the Metropolitan Police Authority. That authority produces the short list for the job of commissioner. Worse, Livingstone has a direct role in the appointment, discipline and removal of all senior police officers. No wonder London's senior policemen appear to be politicised: they constantly have to look over their shoulders at City Hall.

How come news of this has not yet reached David Cameron?

Lindsay Jenkins London W14 From Douglas Carswell MP Sir: What's wrong with an elected mayor appointing police chiefs? Crime has fallen in New York over the past decade precisely because former mayor Rudy Giuliani -- directly accountable to voters -- was able to appoint city police chiefs determined to implement zero-tolerance policing. …

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