Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Boris Johnson collects three more 'Deputy Mayors'

Boris Johnson continued yesterday's confusion by appointing another three 'Deputy Mayors' to his administration. This brings the running total up to four, and will further muddle an already complex system.

As reported yesterday, the GLA Act currently only allows for one Deputy Mayor and this deputy must be appointed from the elected assembly alone. Boris' appointment of four deputies, two of whom are not assembly members, is confusing at best and a breach of the act at worst.

Of these four deputies, only Richard Barnes has been appointed as the 'statutory' Deputy Mayor. However, this suggests that the other deputies are 'non-statutory' and so therefore merely unaccountable advisers. 

So why has Boris given them the established title of Deputy Mayor, but then given another equally important appointee the title of 'Senior Adviser'? 

Whatever, the reason it does not bode well for the beginning of a new transparent administration, as Martin from MayorWatch points out:

"People hardly understand how the GLA works as it is without confusing things by handing out vanity titles to advisers. Can you imagine the reaction had Ken called Jasper 'Deputy Mayor' ?"

After the last six months of coverage at the Evening Standard, I can imagine it only too well. 

5 comments:

Sam said...

Seems that one of the 'Deputy Mayors', Ian Clement, has resigned as both Leader and councillor in Bexley:

http://www.bexley.gov.uk/news/2008/05/0601.html

But that Senior Adviser Sir Simon Milton (for it is he) has only resigned as Leader, possibly to protect his role as Lord High Everything at the LGA:

http://www.westminster.gov.uk/councilgovernmentanddemocracy/councils/pressoffice/news/st-1917.cfm

My suspicion is that the slightly different titles may have something to do with evading the political restrictions for highly paid City Hall posts, and might mean that Milton is not taking a salary while Clement can't wait to hitch himself to the gravy train.

This is, of course, conjecture, as Boris has told us the sum total of bugger all about the details of these appointments.

The Tory Troll said...

Thanks for the tip-offs Sam. I will continue to investigate this once his highness deigns to reveal a little more.

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