There is no substitute for me, says Boris

August 19, 2008

boris.jpgThe resignation of another key aide to Mayor Boris Johnson has sparked renewed questions over the Mayor of London’s leadership, with opposition leaders at City Hall charging that the “wheels are coming off” his new administration.

Tim Parker , the First Deputy Mayor and Chairman of Transport for London (TfL), has stepped down from both jobs, saying it was inappropriate for him to hold them as an unelected official. His resignation is the third of a key aide in the four months of Johnson’s mayorship.

Despite having a rather big job to do already in running the capital, Johnson will now chair TfL himself. In his usual combative style he announced: “Over the last few weeks, it has become increasingly apparent to both of us that the nature of the decisions that need to be taken are highly political and there is no substitute for me, as the directly elected Mayor, being in charge.There are limits, therefore, to what can be delegated.”

It begs the question why Parker was installed in both roles in the first place – the running of London’s transport system has always been a politically charged issue.

More important for the future though is whether Johnson is biting off more than he can chew by chairing TfL. Even in times of crisis, delegation to top aides will be crucial for the mayor’s success. One of the key arguments against voting for Johnson as mayor was his perceived lack of managing a large organisation, and judging by the rate at which senior aides are disappearing, he looks set for a rough ride, not least as yet another strike is looming on the London Underground.

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An amateurishly slanted piece of propaganda, and hopelessly out of touch with changed times.

What the people of London want from Boris is simply that he is NOT the creepy Livingstone, strangling the city with his committees stuffed full of cronies (who he ensured received massive pay-offs from ratepayers’ money when he was kicked out).

Reviving a dead ideology and the dead hand of Labour will require a lot more than a few poorly aimed potshots at Boris.

Posted by Peter | Report as abusive

Alcohol might be a good substitute?! ;-)

Seriously – what ON EARTH are you doing Boris? Why are you giving us all the distinct impresion that you have taken leave of your senses somewhere between the bathroom and the kitchen?

Get back in the office and start behaving like the stateman we thought you could be.

You need to be dynamic and decisive and at least try to show that you really have got it all together.

London deserves better and you have little time left before the tide of opinion turns against you.

Posted by The Truth Is... | Report as abusive