For anyone who was starting to buy into the “cuddly Ken” image he is trying to promote should watch tomorrow’s MPA meeting.
Livingstone is using the slot normally reserved for people (or their families) who have been the victims of miscarriages of justice or have been hurt by police mistakes (the De Menezes family and Blair Peach’s family have both come in recent years) to present a petition about police numbers.
Not only is this crass and blatantly political but also deeply hypocritical, the policy that Livingstone is campaigning against is one initiated under his mayoralty while there was a Labour Chair of the MPA.
Project Herald is about getting police officers out from behind desks and onto the front line, while some police officer posts will be civilianised it will release about 550 officers to go out on the beat rather than sitting behind desks in custody suites.
Livingstone was once a slick political opperator but this move is stupid, obviously linked to his bid to become Labour’s mayoral candidate and deeply hypocritical. He has screwed up big time.
I intend to tear into Livingstone at tomorrow’s meeting, but I might be at the back of a long queue.