Thursday, 22 May 2008

Does Boris Johnson know who is running London?

Boris Johnson has given away major powers on planning decisions to an unelected advisor, it emerged yesterday.

Under questioning from the assembly, the Mayor was forced to admit that Ian Clement and other advisors have been given these powers because he 'doesn't have the time' to exercise them himself.

Assembly members first discovered that the powers had been given away when they received copies of letters addressed to Local Authorities from Ian Clement stating that 'the Mayor has delegated his planning powers to me.'

However, when asked by Jenny Jones exactly what powers had been given to Clement, Boris said that he 'didn't intend to anticipate exactly what sort of decisions he will be making.'

Yet the planning letters sent out by Clement and seen by the Troll show that he was exercising these powers less than two weeks into the new administration, causing some opposition members to ask whether Boris actually knows what is going on. 

When asked, our new Mayor replied that he 'imagined' that Clement would be "taking decisions of great importance for Londoners as you would expect a Deputy Mayor to do."

Indeed Londoners would expect an elected Deputy Mayor to be making these kinds of decisions. However, Ian Clement is not an elected Deputy Mayor. Ian Clement is a paid advisor whose title 'Deputy Mayor, government relations' is not even a function represented in the law. As an unelected advisor he is therefore expected to give the Mayor advice on decisions. He is not however expected to make those decisions for him.

The revelation that Boris has already given up some of his key powers to unelected advisors has prompted some to question whether Boris can continue to do the five jobs that he has collected for himself. 

Because with no Henley by-election in sight and with Boris' job as the head of the Metropolitan Police authority not even begun, opposition members are now questioning if Boris' has the time to properly concentrate on what should be his most important role, being London's Mayor. Labour assembly member John Biggs said yesterday:
"Boris Johnson says he is too busy to make planning decisions. I wonder then where he finds the time to continue writing his £250,000 a year Daily Telegraph column?"
Boris' colleague at the Telegraph, Simon Heffer had the answer to these questions a month ago:

"There were stooges when Mr Johnson was en route to be president of the Oxford Union. He has had stooges all through journalism, who did significant parts of his various jobs for him, usually with little thanks or reward. And now there are stooges in politics.

If Mr Johnson became Mayor tomorrow, he would be the front man for nameless others who would run London. That may well be better than more of Mr Livingstone. It would not be what people think they are voting for."

Would you like to be one of Boris Johnson's paid stooges? Would you like a job that Boris just can't do? If so send a CV and sae to: HR Dept, City Hall, Queen’s Walk, London SE1A 2AA.


CarsmileSteve said...

Um, is there not a sixth job being missed?

Chair of the Skills and Employment Board is pretty important...

The Tory Troll said...

Oh God not another one? Can't he leave them for someone, anyone else?

naysayer said...

Another stooge has been announced and guess what? It's ANOTHER Deputy Mayor, only this time its an asset stripper private-equity scumbag.He's only getting paid £1 apparently. I wonder what else he can be getting out of having such a powerful position in such a powerful city? Hmm now let me think.

Anonymous said...

Worse though is that Mr Clement was sent to represent London at the Chinese Embassy and to sign the book of condolences:

Not the Mayor, not the Legal Deputy Mayor, not even an Assembly Member. A paid employee.

The Tory Troll said...

Is there anything Boris doesn't get him to do? So far he's in charge of national, international, local government relations, planning decisions and official ambassador. Is Boris actually going to do any of the work himself I wonder.