After having disposed of one Metropolitan Police Commissioner that he didn’t like the look of, Mayor Boris Johnson is now looking to cut London’s police force by 455 officers.
Yet Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell, in his maiden speech to Parliament earlier this month, when he spoke of Croydon’s “image problem”, blamed crime.
Most reasonably minded people might ask how it is that our Conservative leaders and representatives are delivering mixed messages on crime.
Certainly, Boris’s predecessor as London Mayor, Ken Livingstone, thinks that now is not the time to cut-back on the number of policemen on the beat. As part of his campaign to win the Labour nomination for the next mayoral election in 2012, Livingstone has launched an online petition against the police cuts.