Personality politics, half-baked solutions and populist pretensions by tired political fixers are being used to disguise real, significant problems with local government, says Graeme Smith. He hopes that the shallow rhetoric of ‘people know best’ can suffer a similar fate to that of elected mayors, in favour of renewed democracy and a decent appreciation of expert knowledge in its proper place.
Controversial new London Mayor Boris Johnson's deputy, a former Church of England minister, faces an enquiry into historic claims of inappropriate behaviour and financial misconduct, which he has dubbed "groundless".
Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London has announced that he has had an Evangelical Christian 'conversion'. He said that he became a Christian when he was a young Sergeant in the Police force.
Of the six minority candidates standing for election as London mayor, only one who is standing on an explicitly Christian ticket has been invited to attend the main hustings event for churches in central London.