In the face of this, the reaction of Met Commissioner Paul Stephenson is 'hands off - it's mine'.
The public comments to that response on the Standard's site are almost unanimously against Stephenson. My own experience from almost everyone I discuss this with is that Londoners want control of their police force. No doubt polls also support this consensus.
As Simon Jenkins writes in the Standard 'You're his boss, Boris - don't let Paul Stephenson forget that';
At last, a London row that really matters and where only one side can be right. London's police chiefs are demanding that politicians stop interfering in how they police the streets. London's Tory politicians think otherwise. They want to interfere more. They are right.Yes, they are right. Let's have this out.