There is very little detail that I can add to the mass of information now floating around. That said I have heard a couple of commentators saying that this was politically motivated. Rubbish.
I have had my issues with Sir Ian which you can read in the archive of this blog, none have been based on party politics or concerns about Sir Ian’s personal politics. They have all been criticisms of things within his operational and professional work.
Boris was probably more generous than I have been in the past and has genuinely tried to make the relationship work. There has been no vindictiveness from Boris either in the case of Sir Ian or anyone else. Boris made it clear that anyone who was willing to work with him for the benefit of London would be welcome.
This situation comes at a critical time, we promised to get a grip on youth crime in the capital and to be held to account if we didn’t. The situation at the top of the Met has made it harder for us at do what we promised and that is a situation which could not go on.
I was in a meeting with the new members of the MPA this afternoon, Sir Ian addressed the meeting in a clam and professional manner even though he know that there would be a media scrum a little later in the afternoon. I was very impressed with his conduct at that point.
This is not a situation that any of us would have wanted but I feel that for the good of London it was the right thing to do.