It seems that the Labour government's death throws are causing it to become even more cynical and underhand. Linking the release of a mass murderer to and oil deal and planning to smear the new head of the army (because his daughter works for David Cameron) are the two low points.
On home ground my friend and colleague Kit Malthouse caused a bit of a storm by claiming the he and Boris had their "hands on the tiller" when it came to policing, not the best choice of words. When people complain about the "politicization of the police" I wonder what alternative they have in mind? What would be the re-election prospects of a politician who said "crime levels have nothing to do with me, I leave all that kind of stuff to the police to sort out."
Policing is a public service and the structure, prioritization, funding, resourcing etc. have to be balanced by politicians who are held responsible when things go right or wrong. The relationship between the Mayoralty, the MPA and the Met is evolving and their will be some growing pains. The MPA is meant to hold the police to account, if we were best mates all the time it would show that we weren't doing our job properly.