The Standard are spooked by their bloke falling behind. Here comes the first piece of shit leader:
The news that 700 extra officers are to swell the Metropolitan Police's numbers is welcome for London - and for the Mayor, as his re-election campaign enters a new phase. Earlier this week, a poll for this paper found that Ken Livingstone had reversed Boris Johnson's earlier lead, with the Labour challenger ahead by two points. Crime has not yet come alive as an issue but was central to the 2008 race. The news on police numbers should bolster the Mayor in an area where he is already ahead: in this week's poll, 24 per cent said Mr Johnson had the best crime plan, against 20 per cent for Mr Livingstone.
Mr Johnson has done well to get more funding for police out of the Treasury: numbers elsewhere in the country are falling. Met police numbers peaked at 33,404 in 2009 and have fallen since, although they still remain higher than when Mr Johnson came to office: at the end of April 2008 the Met's strength was 31, 394. With the 700 new recruits, numbers will climb back to 31,760 and are projected to be well over 32,000 by the end of March.
More police alone does not automatically mean less crime. But Mr Johnson's record on crime has been solid, even though, at least up until now, he has had relatively little control over policing.
Despite rises in robbery and burglary in the past year, the overall crime rate is down, with a particularly large drop in murders. With the new Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime having replaced the Metropolitan Police Authority, it is all the more vital for the Mayor to have a clear vision for policing. Mr Johnson looks credible in this vital area for London.
How about his role in kicking out one commissioner and getting in one who had to resign, leaving the Met without leadership at the time of the riots?
The peak of police numbers there came as a result of Livingstone's budget. Guess what? When Johnson comes in on the back of his council tax freeze, it starts falling again.
These new police he's "done well" to get money out of the Treasury for- looks like a belated attempt on Osborne's part to save their mates arse? The only vision I can see there is vision of the election date.