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Boris’ Best Mates – Number Two: KIT MALTHOUSE…

Residents of Pimlico in Westminster will probably remember Kit Malthouse as the Tory Deputy Leader of Westminster Council who agreed to reducing the amount Dame Shirley Porter should have payed for her part in the “Homes for Votes” fraud and gerrymandering scandal from £42 million to just £12.3 million. It still took the Tesco Heiress until 2004 to cough up, after first fleeing to Israel.

So it may have seemed surprising that Boris Johnson chose someone so lenient towards criminal behaviour to become his Deputy Mayor in charge of Policing. Is it at all possible that there was a deeper agenda here???

2008 – Kit and Boris engineer the ousting of Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair. In response to Blair’s offer to stay on until a suitable candidate is found, the national press reports that he was told not to bother, as;

We don’t want a successor appointed. We will have an acting arrangement until a Conservative Home Secretary arrives.

2009 – Step forward Sir Paul Stephenson, manfully into the breach, who must not have got the message because less than a year later he and Sir Hugh Orde, President of ACPO are publicly complaining of political interference and the politicisation of the police, specifically The Met. Apparently Kit had been boasting to hacks that London Conservatives now had their “hands on the tiller” of The Metropolitan Police Service.

2011 – After a decent interval, and in no way connected to the quote above, the Conservative Home Secretary appoints Bernard Hogan-Howe as Met Commissioner. Transparent eh? Still, Sir Paul got the top pension, so no hard feelings.

This makes for three Commissioners in four years, an unprecedented turnover in what is not only Britain’s largest Police Service, but also a key post in UK Counter Terrorism. Anyone notice 2012 coming up? Olympics? Diamond Jubilee? Anyone??? Bernard, do you feel safe in the hot seat?

We can all agree at least, that the past four years have been very interesting times for The Service:

April 2009 – G20 Protests. Ian Tomlinson unlawfully killed. Boris describes press coverage as “an orgy of cop bashing”. The trial of PC Simon Harwood for manslaughter will begin on June 13th 2012.

2010 –  Anti fees Protests. The Met fail to protect Tory Central Office at Milbank, a predictable target for protesters. Subsequently their tactics lead to accusations of brutality, with further use of the disputed “kettling” tactic. Parliament Square becomes a battleground.

May 2011 – TUC Anti Cuts Demo.  201 arrested, 66 injured, including 31 police. Police arrest the non-violent UK UNCUT protesters at Fortnums, whilst leaving the violent anarchists to have at The Ritz.

2011- The Riots. Neither Johnson nor Malthouse emerge until all is safe. Dozens of police injured, yet eyewitnesses talk of Police reluctance to actually protect life and limb.Would this have been different if the riots had been in Mayfair?

2012 – Twelve officers so far referred to IPCC inalledged racist incidents.

2006 – Ongoing – News International Hacking and Bribery scandal. Both Kit and Boris have been vocal in calling for these investigations to be downgraded. Boris called it “a Labour Plot”.

And now some figures:

  • Police numbers 2010 – 33,260 :    2011 – 32,380    DOWN NEARLY ONE THOUSAND

Detection rates for 2010/11 (Home Office figures)

  • VIOLENCE AGAINST THE PERSON –  London  35%  : England & Wales- 44%
  • BURGLARY DETECTION RATE –            London  11%  :  E&W – 13%
  • ROBBERY DETECTION RATE    –            London  17%  :  E&W – 21%
  • SEXUAL OFFENCES  RATE –                     London 23%  :  E&W – 30%
Kit Malthouse is standing for the GLA in West Central against a his nearest rival, Labour’s Todd Foreman. If you, like me, are seriously worried by the way that Malthouse and Johnson have further politicised our Police Service, then I suggest that you vote for Todd.
To Properly ensure that Kit Malthouse has no power over The Met on May 4th, I advise all Green and Liberal Democrats to vote for Ken Livingstone as your second preference in the Mayoral contest.
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Eds’ first time…

Well, despite it being the adored Margarets’ birthday, Prime Ministers’ Questions gave the boys and girls in blue little to cheer about.

Having heard the dire warnings over the months that Ham-Face would chew Ed Miliband up and spit him out, the result was a qualified one-nil to Ed, giving the boy David something to think about.

I say “qualified”, as Ed still has much to work on in terms of performance style and speech, and things will be different once we face public sector strikes. However, against the polish of David Cameron, Ed looked to be not uncomfortable, and on top of his brief. His one-liner about being the on to ask the questions was good, his defence of universal benefits coherent and attractive. Ed made good use of his questions, and his level tone compared well with Camerons’ more bombastic style. In fact, it almost seemed that it was Bullers Dave who was leading the opposition, and Ed the Government. Little Nicky seemed ill at ease as the exchange went on, perhaps agreeing with Ed over the exchange, maybe ruing his decision in May…

Cameron on the other hand, seemed a little flustered – perhaps the former PR man had been listening to too many of his advisors, or maybe not enough. Our young, thrusting, all-inclusive PM simply had no coherent answer to Miliband when Child Benefit was raised, odd, considering that this particular blow had been trailed for at least a week around the media. Gideon Osborne looked palid and uncomfortable, a feeling no doubt shared along the Treasury Benches. Esther Mcveigh made her move for the coveted Order of the Brown Nose, as did several other non-entities.

Judging by the press reaction, and the posts left so far on ConservativeHome, Ed has them rattled, keep it up man, especially the air of calm efficiency – it really gets to Cameron.

Altogether a good start, Ed needs to develop a more fluid style, but if he can continue to project the image of a man in command of the facts, then the Nick and Dave show could face losing the ratings war…

…oh, all right then…

ONE-NIL!ONE-NIL!ONE-NIL!!!!! HAHAHA!!!

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