It is not true, as many black cab drivers seem to think, that the Mayor of London is all powerful. There are many things that the Mayor cannot influence. Train services such as Southern Rail, are one example, the trains have been privatised since 1993. The powers of the Mayor are explained in this article, click here.
Under the heading Specific Powers is this sentence.
However, if the Mayor’s plans are in contradiction with UK national policy, the Secretary of State can otherwise direct the Mayor’s policy.
Boris Johnson has been very successful on many vital issues in talking the government round to his way of thinking.
He set the blueprint for the London economy, which was successfully copied by Georrge Osborne for the UK. He has also persuaded the government to investment in infrastructure. His biggest battle was over Crossrail, which George Osborne originally opposed. It is Boris who created Osbo’s present enthusiasm for infrastructure.
But regarding Uber, Boris has come up against a brick wall. In spite of of his most persuasive and powerful arguments, George and Dave insist they are calling the shots on Uber. This decision is causing a lot of pain and suffering. It is their decision, not Boris’s, to flood London with PHVs, putting the living of every BC driver and PHV driver in jeopardy. Rapes and assaults on women have hugely increased, but TfL, ordered by Osbo is refusing to release the figures. What is behind it is anybody’s guess.
Nobody in politics is independent. If the Mayor occasionally has to listen to the government, the PM and Chancellor have to listen to their MPs who vote on their plans in Parliament. David Cameron lost a vote over Syria over a year ago. The Chancellor was defeated over tax credit cuts.
The chaos is entirely the fault of Osbo and the Prime Minister. They have taken over the Uber issue and Osbo now directs TfL regarding Uber. In fairness, they owe London an explanation.