For the beginnings of this current wave of administrative despotism please bear with me for a few short paragraphs as we travel back to the latter part of the nineteenth century.
It was then that government began to increase its areas of concern, shifting from a non-interventionist attitude regarding many domestic affairs to the current position where there are few areas of public and even personal life in which they have no concern at all .
This article lays out the back story to that letter.
But deep within London's back offices administrators, police and transporty people were punching keys on their keyboards, sending emails, having meetings in rooms and generally getting things done, in private, away from the harsh glare of the public eye.In August 2013, Greenhalgh signed an order  requesting a quarter of a million pounds to conduct a "consultation" exercise (and to asses the signage required to facilitate ANPR camera sharing between Tf L and MPS - not to pre-empt the consultation's outcome or anything).Nucor Building Systems has been a leader in the design and manufacture of custom-engineered metal building systems for more than two and a half decades.With a focus on customer service, price, and quality – Nucor Building Systems has four locations and a network of over 1,200 Authorized Builders serving all of North America.Ultimately the best they can do is a total figure surveyed equivalent to 0.69% of the drivers affected by the policy - surely a quorum in anyone's book. In response to a Mayor's Question in 2015  he said: So to summarise, of the 0.001% of Londoners surveyed, almost 8 out of 10 people who mostly thought the police already had access to Tf L's ANPR cameras were in favour of a policy that would allow their somewhat inaccurate view of reality to become more accurate.
That's the headline figure for the consultation report, surely.
66%), they seem to have inadequate understanding of the aims and consequences of ANPR surveillance to make reasonable judgements about ANPR's effectiveness in tackling crime." The Tf L/MPS camera sharing survey was completed by 2,315 people, almost 8 out of 10 of whom, we are told, agreed definitely or probably with the policy. The population of London is over 8 million but there are, we are told, 1.3 million drivers who will be affected by the policy.
So we're talking about approximately 0.15% of affected drivers who support the policy. But it doesn't include the 4,000 people who took part in further online surveys in February/March 2014, plus the consultation report also added some polling from 2013 (before the consultation) to help boost the number surveyed to a more respectable 8,315.
This, he said, he would do by getting the police and Transport for London (Tf L) to share their high tech tracking toys, seeing as Tf L already had a load of congestion charge and low-emission zone cameras which were practically standing idle whilst criminals drove around the capital with impunity - or words to that effect.
The problem with part-works, as we all know, is that after the first edition with the free gift on the front it's difficult to keep up the enthusiasm and in the case of Johnson's manifesto there wasn't even a free gift.
Disturbingly, the police now act as though they too are administrators - through their central role in decision making and the equally contrived justifications they give for their actions.