The Metropolitan Police's attempt to force The Guardian to reveal confidential sources in relation to phone hacking was an unprecedented and worrying move. Protection of sources is a central tenet of journalism and covered both by the reporter's moral code and, more importantly, by law.
I welcome the appointment of Bernard Hogan-Howe as new London Met Commissioner. Hogan-Howe beat three other candidates, including Tim Godwin currentl...
Back at City Hall I join colleagues in praising the work of the Emergency Services and lead a debate where we agree to focus our forthcoming investigations on the consequences for London of the August Riots.
Is government to blame, were the police too lax, was it gang culture or poor parenting that made so many young people go out and loot? I am sure these questions will be asked for a week or two, until the next media feeding frenzy comes along or until we settle upon an explanation that will mollify the great British public.
With the London riots many have started to wonder whether or not Boris Johnson's bubble has burst.
The power of social media once again shows how riots are being organised online with total disregard to public safety and property. At what point do you cross the line with social media.
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There was a riot the night I moved into my house in Brixton, south London. A burning police motorcycle lay abandoned where it had been dragged, about 250 yards from my front door.
It astonished me yesterday how so little time was dedicated to determining what sparked round two of rioting in London, riots that spread to Birmingham and Bristol.
Today I'm lost for words. I awoke this morning, and what I thought would have been a casual check of my overnight facebook updates turned out to be much, much worse.
London's Metropolitan Police have traded glass for lives, letting rioters riot and looters loot as mobs roved around London. After harsh criticism of their crowd control efforts in the past few years London's summer riots are an opportunity to rebuild their reputation.
Driving the circuitous route from my home to Islington for lunch and a visit to a bookshop, I notice something odd. I have felt the edginess in the air since Saturday night and the first riot in Tottenham, so dangerously close to where I am.
Like the majority of Londoners and Britons, I am utterly disgusted (also very worried) at the events of the past three days and the continued violence across our Capital
We may be 26 years on from the Broadwater Farm Estate Riots, but you'd be forgiven for thinking it was 1985 all over again judging from the scenes on our television screens.
Sir Paul Stephenson's resignation as Metropolitan Police Commissioner ultimately became inevitable. Nevertheless, it is a calamitous event for both the Met's internal morale and public confidence.
The hacking scandal might be dominating the news agenda at the moment, but that should not mask the fact that the force's day to day concerns go far further than the activities of News International and the other members of the press.