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Oct. 3rd, 2008 | 09:41 am

Ha ha ha ha no more Sir Ian. Odious political toady. It's being spun as "Boris told him to quit", but while Boris certainly wouldn't want to have somebody so closely connected to New Labour, and it isn't good for the head of the Met to clearly have no support from the Mayor, Boris wouldn't have said anything unless it was already obvious that Blair was teetering on the edge anyway.

All of the De Menezes stuff and other anti-terrorism farces, race discrimination charges, immense unpopularity with actual police officers (or so I understand), blatant collaboration with NL to support various bits of their legislation and now the corruption, or "improper contract awarding", allegations really don't help. In fact the Times claimed back in May that he had been told that his contract was not going to be renewed, though this is a bit early. So he can't just blame this one on Boris, which I suspect might be a deliberate tactic, making it look like he has been forced out by the Mayor behaving arrogantly...

...and to be honest, it isn't really ideal that the Mayor gets the idea that he can choose who the head of the Met is. But one of the few consolations of the upcoming switch in power from Faction X of the Party to Faction Y of the Party is seeing the worst offenders fall, regardless of why or who replaces them - you have to get your laughs somehow. Also, it has annoyed Jacqui Smith, which can't be a bad thing.

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Nina

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from: janinazew
date: Oct. 3rd, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
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Ugh Jacqui Smith.

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Richard

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from: muppethex
date: Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
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I would applaud any efforts the Mayor has made to get rid of this useless yes man, and to be honest I don't see why he shouldn't have the power to sack his chief of police, as he's actually, like, elected and all.

Boris has quite a way to go, but this is definitely a +1 in my estimation.

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Met Commissioner

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Bring back Brian Paddick - the best Met Commissioner the Met never had! Just a shame he's a Lib Dem.
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RATELS!!!!

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from: mordantcarnival
date: Oct. 3rd, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
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I Nelsonlaughed.

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