London Tops Global Power City Index For 2nd Year
London calling for Bethel-Thompson again
Bethel-Thompson Bethel-Thompson was a backup quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings when they played Pittsburgh in London on Sept. 29. Barring a roster move in the coming days, he will head back to London to become the first player to be on a roster in England twice in the same season. The 49ers, who claimed the San Francisco native off waivers from Minnesota last week, play Jacksonville at Wembley on Oct. 27. Bethel-Thompson will be a story for the English media again. Last month, he was popular there because his maternal grandfather, Wilbur “Moose” Thompson won the gold medal in the 1948 Olympics in the shot put at Wembley Stadium. “I got some interviews for sure,” Bethel-Thompson said of his September visit to Wembley. “They love their Olympics over there.” His grandfather is 93 and living in Southern California. He will not attend the game, nor did he when Bethel-Thompson was wearing purple. He does have a cousin teaching in Austria and she went to the Vikings-Steelers game. “She’s hit me up for tickets again,” he said with a laugh. Bethel-Thompson realized he’ll be heading back to London shortly after he was claimed by the 49ers on Oct.
The Communities and Local Government Committee, argues that as the mayor of londons powers and responsibilities have grown, the London assembly has been left behind. The Greater London Authority, which is made up of the London assembly and the London mayor, allocated greater powers to the mayor following the 2007 Greater London Authority Act which has led to anomalies and confusion into the operation of the London assembly. The report asks how the public are supposed to disentangle a situation in which an assembly member can hold the executive to account in one area while working on behalf of the executive in another. The report also questions why assembly members can sit on some Greater London Authority (GLA) London-wide executive bodies, but not on others. Eight assembly members can sit on the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority but no assembly member is entitled to join the mayors office for policing and crime. Changes over the years have built inconsistency into the powers and functions of the London Assembly, argues Clive Betts MP, Chair of the committee “The result is a dogs breakfast of responsibilities, with the assembly lacking a clear role and understandable powers. The current arrangements are neither explicable to the general public nor can the London model be used in the rest of the country. The report argues that the government needs to act quickly to ensure that the assemblys powers and jobs are made consistent and clear. The group of MPs argue that the assembly need greater powers to ensure that the mayor is kept in check. It warns that assembly members who join the mayors cabinet or sit on GLA boards should be required to give up their assembly membership. Other suggestions include giving the assembly the power to call in mayoral decisions, thereby bringing its powers into line with local councils with directly elected mayors, and allowing the assembly to amend the mayors capital budgets. It is time to sort out the anomalies in the assemblys powers and to forge for it a more identifiable role as the body charged with holding the mayor to account. Our recommendations will help to do just that, Betts concluded. If you enjoyed reading the story, register HERE to receive daily email alerts on public policy and public sector service delivery.
The London assembly is a ‘dog’s breakfast’ of inconsistent powers
London is ranked number one for the second year in a row, followed by New York, Paris, and Tokyo. The score for Tokyo basically remains flat, and Singapore which ranked number five seems to be catching up. Hiroo Ichikawa, executive director of The Mori Memorial Foundation, said: “In London after the Olympics, it accumulated points. The difference between Tokyo and Paris is shrinking. Meanwhile, Singapore is rising. European cities are starting to revive.” Saskia Sassen, a professor of sociology at Columbia University, is a firm believer in the Index. She said: “I think it’s the best ranking around. It’s the most detailed. It’s the most seriously done. Now it’s moving into capturing intangibles, which is not easy.” As the Index is a Tokyo-based ranking, committee members — not surprisingly — spoke at length about the rating of the Japanese capital. Tokyo’s strength lies in its economy with its market size, economic vitality and human capital. Another strength is its focus on ecology. What it lacks is its cultural resources, accessibility to airports, a reasonable cost of living, and market attractiveness. Heizo Takenaka, chairman of the Institute for Urban Strategies at The Mori Memorial Foundation, said: “We’re going to conquer deflation based on Abenomics. We’re going to realise fiscal consolidation based on Abenomics.