Sad news for asset-stripping fans everywhere – TfL will just have to make do without one of Boris’s original high-profile appointments Tim Parker has severed all ties with TfL and the Mayor now, and gone off somewhere to do something.  I note there that he’s already been airbrushed out of history, Pyong-Yang style – even his declaration of interests is AWOL.  All in all, a rather limp ending, without even an attempt to spin.  We’ll bring you a selection of his greatest hits, should we find any, but for now here are a couple of reminders of the good times…

Tim Parker is ideally and uniquely equipped for the huge challenge of improving the lives of Londoners and delivering value for money. His skills, insight and experience will be invaluable. I’m thrilled that he’s agreed to take the position and am grateful that he’s agreed to do so effectively for free.”

With the appointment of Tim Parker as chief of staff we see the administration that will run London for the next four years, or more. And what we see is individuals who have one thing in common: a personal record for getting results.

When Parker’s role was announced, I asked an executive at the AA, who worked with Parker when he ran the organisation, what he thought. “He’ll go at it with a passion,” he said. “Boris is extremely lucky to get him.”

When, next month, the full report comes out, and the GLA’s new cost-cutting chief executive, Tim Parker, starts work, we will see that second essential revolutionary moment: the part when selected victims are led out to the firing squad. It will be politically correct London’s equivalent of the credit crunch and, with any luck, it will be goodbye to the groundbreaking cycling-for-the-blind initiatives, farewell to the gay Bengali workplace sustainability forums.

…and the not so good times:

Boris Johnson’s administration in the capital suffered a severe blow yesterday when Tim Parker, the most senior member of his team, quit abruptly, only weeks after taking up his post.

Yesterday both Mr Johnson and Mr Parker insisted that their parting had been mutually agreed, although sources told The Times that there had been clashes between the millionaire businessman and other senior advisers at City Hall.

Over the last few weeks, however, it has become increasingly apparent to both of us that the nature of the decisions that need to be take are highly political and there is no substitute for me, as the directly elected mayor, being in charge. There are limits, therefore, to what can be delegated.”

Boris does need authority and experience behind him but more like that of, say, Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s former chief-of-staff, than of Tim Parker.

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