Brian Paddick, Thai Style
Posted by jonathanfryer on Monday, 11th April, 2011
Being in Coalition with the Conservatives is not always proving easy for Liberal Democrats — and many of them would doubtless say the same about the partnership with us. But as Brian Paddick told the inaugural Haringey Liberal Democrats Supper Club at a Thai restaurant in Hornsey this evening, things would be worse if the Tories were governing on their own. Brian has been doing the round of TV and radio studios over the past few weeks, talking mainly about the phone hacking scandal relating to News International titles, notably the News of the World. He was a victim himself. But he suspects many other news organisations have been guilty of underhand surveillance techniques as well, with a few notable exceptions, such as the Guardian. Brian saved much of his fire for the subject of policing reforms, however. He is concerned at the idea that in London the Metropolitan Police would be accountable to one single elected person, the Mayor — or, if Boris or any successor decided this was not something he wished to do, an unelected person whom he could appoint. This does not sound at all desirable. But there are many other things that Brian would also like to see tweeked in policing, now he he is no longer a senior officer himself — though I can’t imagine his proposal that senior officers should give up their cars and drviers would be greeted with much enthusiasm within the Force.