No, sadly not that well known tune by the troubadours known as Genesis, but if that’s what you’re looking for it’s here;
I’m talking about some old news that I’ve only recently caught the monumental scale of.
Ever wondered why the Metropolitan Police hasn’t had to reduce it’s numbers quite so draconically as other less well-resourced Forces?
It’s not magic, the answer is here (BEWARE – Contains Numbers) – You might need to scroll past the table (sorry)
In short, over the last 5 years or so, the Mayor of London have sold off the family silver. Dozens and dozens of properties, Police Stations, Traffic Garages, Flying Squad bases, Married Quarters, Feeding Centres. GONE. NEVER TO BE REPLACED.
To save you breaking out your calculator I’ll add it up for you – £829,582,000, or in words if that sounds less bad, almost 830 Million Pounds
No wonder the Mayor of London can strut his stuff and boast about maintaining numbers on our streets, but I still wonder where they all are.
If you live or work in the capital, how do you feel now?
And you can bet your sweet bippy that this pattern has been repeated all around the country, although possibly on a slightly more modest scale. One redeeming feature of the Mayor of London is that both Sadiq and Boris before him have got a reasonable handle on ‘transparency’ and this info, whilst tucked away, is relatively easy to find.
I think I’ll lie down and maybe listen that Genesis track again, it’s far more welcome than these figures. Feel free to quote them, nothing there that can’t be found with Google (other search engines are also available).