Ministers say judge elected police commissioners on Boris: Well, Boris has failed

Ministers claim that Boris Johnson's mayoralty has been an effective trial for elected police commissioners. If so they have been shown to fail in the light of further hackergate revelations and the plans should be ditched.

One of the more serious questions following the Prime Minister’s statement in Parliament was from Caroline Lucas concerning the government’s plans to roll out elected police commissioners next year. She asked David Cameron:

“Will the Prime Minister immediately put on hold his plans to introduce elected police commissioners  while we learn on the lessons of the last week. Because we should reflect on the risks of things being swept under the carpet if we put someone whose sole political fortunes depends on a force which they are in charge of holding to account.”

The Prime Minister responded that it was precisely because of situations like the hacking scandal that police commissioners were needed. One would think the government would have evidence from trials to show this. Well, in fact, ministers claim that elected police commissioners have been trialled. On BBC 1’s Politics Show on June 5, police and justice minister Nick Herbert said:

We believe that the trial has already effectively taken place in London because the Mayor is responsible for the police now in London… we’re not going to pilot this, the first elections will be held in 2012.”

 That would be the mayor who stepped down from his role as Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, because, what with having to write a £250,000 per year Daily Telegraph collumn, he just did not have time – and on whose watch the phonehacking scandal continued to go without being properly investigated.

In fact, as has been well-documented, Boris Johnson claimed the entire idea of there being more to the phonehacking scandal than two rogue reporters was “codswallop“. This is a scandal that now involves allegations not just concerning the illegal activities of a newspaper, but the ability of that newspaper to ensure that it wasn’t  held accountable, either through close contacts with the police or outright bribery.

We are talking about nothing less than the failure to uphold the rule of law in the capital. It is partially Boris’s failure, either due to his own personal performance or the problems attached to elected heads of police. If, as Nick Herbert is right, it has been trialled, it follows that it has failed.

Just when we need to be erecting firewalls between the police, politicians and the press, the government is tearing them down.

86 Responses to “Ministers say judge elected police commissioners on Boris: Well, Boris has failed”

  1. Sarah Dillon

    RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  2. Brit Lefit

    RT @TheGreenParty: RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commi… //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  3. Dave Ludlam

    RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  4. haynony mouse

    RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  5. Sally Guyer

    RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  6. David Lee

    Why hacking fall-out should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //bit.ly/ocuxyr #hackgate #murdoch

  7. Jason Kitcat

    RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  8. Democratic Society

    RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  9. Anna Turley

    RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  10. Matty Mitford

    RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  11. Delphine Houlton

    RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  12. Panda

    Why hacking fall-out should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //bit.ly/ocuxyr #hackgate #murdoch

  13. Caroline Allen

    Can't help but think that @CarolineLucas asked one of the most insightful question of the day //t.co/HaDHH1J

  14. Leon Wolfson

    …Tories

    Really, Dave, easy question.

  15. Mr. Sensible

    Daniel, I think you’re absolutely right.

    If anything, these events provide further evidence as to why we should not proceed with this policy, which remains an expensive mistake.

    The proposal got kicked in to touch when the bill received its second reading in the House of Lords, and there it should stay.

  16. Jeffrey Newman

    How & where elected Commissioners of Police has already been shown to fail in UK //bit.ly/ocuxyr

  17. gordoning

    RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  18. Matt Kent

    RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  19. Bob Irving

    Can't help but think that @CarolineLucas asked one of the most insightful question of the day //t.co/HaDHH1J

  20. paAnne Cooper

    RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  21. vicki whelan

    Can't help but think that @CarolineLucas asked one of the most insightful question of the day //t.co/HaDHH1J

  22. Libdem Girl

    RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  23. Jon Purdom/Paco Saez

    Why hacking fall-out should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //bit.ly/ocuxyr #hackgate #murdoch

  24. Jon Purdom/Paco Saez

    Greens Caroline Lucas makes good point ConDems "elected police commissioners" bad idea. Would need media support 4 votes //t.co/QCU2JfV

  25. Ronald Pogue

    Why hacking fall-out should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //bit.ly/ocuxyr #hackgate #murdoch

  26. Dennis North

    MT @CarolineLucas: Why hacking fall-out should give cause to question proposed elected police commissioners //bit.ly/ocuxyr #MetGate

  27. Callum Findlay

    RT @CarolineLucas Why #hackgate should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //t.co/IY1FVIZ

  28. Michael Turner

    Why hacking fall-out should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //bit.ly/ocuxyr #hackgate #murdoch

  29. Ben Duncan

    Why hacking fall-out should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //bit.ly/ocuxyr #hackgate #murdoch

  30. Pyrmontvillage

    Why hacking fall-out should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //bit.ly/ocuxyr #hackgate #murdoch

  31. judy woodman

    Why hacking fall-out should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //bit.ly/ocuxyr #hackgate #murdoch

  32. pigreen

    Why hacking fall-out should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //bit.ly/ocuxyr #hackgate #murdoch

  33. Music4Anon

    Why hacking fall-out should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //bit.ly/ocuxyr #hackgate #murdoch

  34. Walsall & Wolves GP

    Why hacking fall-out should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //bit.ly/ocuxyr #hackgate #murdoch

  35. Tim

    Why hacking fall-out should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //bit.ly/ocuxyr #hackgate #murdoch

  36. Cosmic Landmine

    Why hacking fall-out should give us cause to question proposal for elected police commissioners //bit.ly/ocuxyr #hackgate #murdoch

Leave a Reply