I found myself wondering: why do we need a Government Office for London? According to its website it...
As part of the national Government office Network we work to help make sure that local services are delivered effectively for Londoners. We speak up for London when new policies are being developed by government departments and make sure that Londoners benefit from all the help which is available from central government. We fund and deliver a range of programmes on behalf of nine government departments. We work to bring together key people and organisations so that Londoners receive better services because everyone is working together. Since 2006 we have reduced our running costs by 30%. We have recently set ourselves 5 Key Aims for 2009/10.
Isn't that the kind of thing which could be done by City Hall and the Mayor?
One thing which every government department and quango needs to do is justify its existence. I'm not sure the Government Office for London will find that easy to do when (and if!) Mr Maude and his henchmen come knocking after 6th May.
UPDATE: For once I am in total accord with party policy. A London Borough Council leader emails me to tell me that it is already party policy to abolish the GOL and devolve its powers to the Mayor and Boroughs as appropriate.