2,900 police officers have been cut in London since May 2010, according to new figures released by the Metropolitan Police. Since his re-election in May 2012, Boris Johnson has also cut over 1,300 police officers – despite promising an extra 1,000, the figures show.
Boris’s free trade agenda for Europe could be a social and environmental disaster for London and the rest of the UK.
It’s interesting that, in his column for today’s Telegraph, Boris Johnson has cited the German economy as the measuring stick against which Britain should compare itself.
If we don’t raise wages, control rents or reverse welfare cuts, we are going to completely price low paid workers out of London.
Boris could and should have taken action to stop many of the changes affecting Londoners. Instead many of the decisions he has taken on policing, on tube fares and on housing are beginning to be more vigorously scrutinised and slowly but surely the shine is starting to wear off the Boris bandwagon.
I have spent more than a decade being told that air pollution is getting better and everything will be okay. Now, the scientists are about to tell everyone who will listen, that it just isn’t true.
The press needs to focus less on Boris the man and more on Boris the Mayor.
If Boris’s case proves anything it is that clownery, like charisma, can prove all too neat a distraction from a politician’s record in office and their policies. This is a dangerous trap for the media and the electorate to fall into.
Boris Johnson has released his new Policing Plan today. To mark the occasion he has written about his glorious record at cutting crime in the Daily Telegraph. The problem is that Boris’s record at cutting crime just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
This week Boris Johnson criticised David Cameron for pursuing a minimum alcohol price. Boris was right, minimum pricing does very little to tackle Britain’s drink problem.