In any government there are tensions between the centre of a state and other parts of it over what should the priorities be. In an era of cuts this is even more likely. The issue of Crossrail funding is causing tension between the Treasury and the London Mayor. Tim Montogomerie offers the following defence of Boris' behaviour and refusal to kow tow:
"Boris can only win if he is seen by Londoners as standing up for them, putting London and not his Tory affiliation first."