London Police Chief Fired By Conservative Mayor

The newly elected Conservative mayor of London, Boris Johnson, fired Sir Ian Blair, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police because he no longer had the confidence of the Mayor. There was great fear this firing meant political factors were now becoming a factor in deciding who will lead the London police. However, Sir Iran Blair finds himself in the midst of several conflicts, including charges from his own subordinates that he has been guilty of prejudice against Asians. This has been controversial questions raised about his administration of the police, but the antics of Mayor Johnson deal with issues that never should be allowed to enter questions of whether or not someone should serve in public office.

Mayor Johnson says it is time for a “clean break and a new start for policing in London. I have made it clear there comes a time in any organization that it is right to give new leadership.” No one could argue with that statement, but without any specific charges being raised, one is left wondering what exactly has Blair done to warrant the firing.