A total Muppet. And a guest from Sesame Street
Bozza’s implementation of the cycle hire scheme has been gobbling up money hand over fist since its inception, the cable car over the Thames remains a laughing stock and vulnerable to crosswind, his punter-roasting vanity buses are now being rolled out without the rear platform attendant to save money and still they are more expensive than off-the-shelf buses, and now to top it all has come the saga of the water cannon.
Ms May detailed her reasons for refusing permission, concluding “Finally, I am acutely conscious of the potential impact of water cannon on public perceptions of police legitimacy. As a number of chief constables argued, in areas with a history of social unrest or mistrust of the police, the deployment of water cannon has the potential to be entirely counterproductive”. That was in addition of the potential to cause serious injuries.
There was a show of cross-party support: Yvette Cooper agreed wholeheartedly with Ms May’s decision, perhaps because it gave her the chance to rub Bozza’s nose in it. The Mayor doesn’t like having mere girlies telling him what a buffoon he is, and was defiant in the face of ridicule (no change there, then) as he asserted that the water cannon would be retained in case he could get the decision reversed at some time in the future.
The problem with that idea is that, unless the evidence on which Ms May made her decision changes, she or whoever succeeds her is unlikely to change their mind. Water cannon, to put it directly, are not compatible with the style of policing used on the UK mainland. Moreover, that these vehicles are carried on three axles tells you just how heavy - and therefore cumbersome - they would be on London’s streets.