The localist idea that decisions should be taken as close to the people they affect as possible, has been undermined by the Mayor of London’s failings.
The next Mayor has to stop running cap-in-hand to Government for transport funding. The only way to escape is to cut costs at Transport for London and find new sources of income.
The Conservative platform must promise the core Conservative voter a return to competent government, and promise the progressive voter, strategic future-looking policy innovation.
In Liverpool or Slough the commissioners are sent in. Why does Khan get a special dispensation for financial bailouts, and to carry on as he pleases?
The aim is that we become psychologically attuned to only one socially and legally acceptable set of positions. This is the left’s new road to serfdom.
Hammersmith Bridge has now been shut to cars for three and a half years. While money goes on gold-plated pensions, trade union facility time, and TfL’s nominee passes perk.
The police are struggling with their old van-based and the patchy local council-provided CCTV coverage. The Notting Hill Carnival was a reminder of the challenges they face.
Khan is still relying on the baseload power the National Grid procures from reliable sources. It is the equivalent of championing veganism and yet privately starting each day with a full English.
We know that the Mayor’s bus route cuts are performative because we know he has better alternatives.
A box-ticking conformity means that officialdom is content if the process is followed – no matter how drab or expensive the outcome.
The Government should learn from how Johnson got the trains to run on time when he was Mayor of London.
The Hammersmith Bridge omnishambles is the culmination of eight years of failure in my borough. It’s time for a change.
If the unions persist with their threats, we must have the courage to emulate Ronald Reagan’s ultimatum to air traffic control strikers.
Projecting sexual imagery as a form of entertainment can’t continue if we intend to remain a civilised society.
There cannot be an open-ended supply of money from central government – with no efficiency improvements from London’s devolved authority.