Mr Punch: "Bravo, Sir Charles! You've done capitally with the Dogs and Democrats. Now, how about the burglars?"
Chief Commissioner of Police: "All right, Mr Punch! 'Much has been done, but more remains to do'!
(A Punch cartoon depicting ex-soldier Sir Charles Warren on his appointment as Met Commissioner in 1886 - two years before the politicians threw him to the dogs over his failure to catch the Ripper)
Well done Boris.
As we've blogged many times, we need local democratic control over our police, either directly elected sheriffs or their appointment by elected mayors. Plus, we have never had confidence in "progressive" policeman Ian Blair.
So Boris has struck an important blow for local democracy, and the accountability of public officials to taxpaying voters. We're impressed by his spunk.
And the reaction of the lefty Big Government media is a pure joy. According to the Grauniad and others, Boris has knifed St Blair in a grubby partisan coup that has politicised the previously apolitical police. You almost wonder if they actually know who Blair is - in reality he's been one of the most political Met chiefs ever.
The Met Commissioner must be accountable to London voters for policing London's streets. That's clear.
But what this underlines is that the job needs to be unbundled. We've never been able to understand why national reponsibilities for counter-terrorism etc reside in the Met. This is the time to split the job, and to establish a proper FBI style national force to deal with national issues. And its head would quite properly be appointed by the Home Secretary.
PS Poolside in Italy, Tyler came across a discarded copy of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale. It turned out to be a rattling good read, recounting a notorious Victorian murder in Somerset. And part of the action concerns the tensions between local PC Plods and the smartass detective brought in over their heads from Scotland Yard's new fangled CID. Even in the Golden Age of civic localism, the centre was trying to take over.