The whole Ray Lewis farrago seems to lend weight to the view that we should institute US Senate-style confirmation hearings for senior public appointments. Of course many in the media - and also the Conservative Party - are now looking for a scapegoat to blame for Lewis's appointment, and the spotlight seems to be falling on Nicholas Boles. This is unfair.
What ought to be happening is for people to examine the system , and come up with suggestions as to how it can be improved, rather than seek to blame a single person. In the end Boris knows the buck stops at his desk, not one of his advisors. It is now up to him to come up with a modus operandi to ensure that this experience is never repeated. Proper Confirmation Hearings in front of the GLA would seem to be a step in the right direction. At least it would give some meaning to the GLA's existence.