Anti-Uber Unions Fund Sadiq’s Election Campaign

Sadiq Khan has dangled red meat to the unions over Uber since he became Mayor. The ban this morning was the second time the popular ride app service has been whacked by him. Why, you might ask, is Sadiq so keen to inconvenience the millions of Londoners – and potential voters – who use and enjoy the Uber app?

Electoral Commission records show that in 2015, Sadiq received almost £100,000 from three anti-Uber trade unions.

GMB: £20,000
TSSA: £15,000
Unite: £60,000

All three unions welcomed the decision today, they have been campaigning against new entrants into the taxi market for years. Limiting competition for taxis in London might hurt consumers, on the other hand it helps these powerful unions who are busily recruiting London cabbies to their ranks. Sadiq is paying them back ahead of passing the hat around next year for donations when he seeks re-election.

Sadiq has also burdened Uber with conditions attached to the Private-Hire Operators licence to which other operators are not being held. The last Uber London licence had 20 regulatory requirements, whereas other app based operators have no more than 9. Sadiq is singling out Uber for politcal reasons…

Sadiq Khan Promotes Political Facebook Ads During Purdah

Sadiq Khan is using taxpayers’ money to promote political adverts during the ‘Purdah’ period. Purdah is designed to prevent central and local government from making announcements controversial initiatives.

In promoting the European settlement scheme more widely, and specifically the words “we want European Londoners to stay in the city they call home”, Sadiq’s ads sound suspiciously election-like. They are even tagged as to do with elections or politics…

Using taxpayer money to push a line that Sadiq wants EU citizens to stay is pretty naked electioneering, given that the ads started running on November 1, after Article 50 had been extended. The EU settlement scheme only applies in the event of a No Deal, which no party capable of winning the election is running on. Very cheeky from Sadiqy…

Sadiq’s Clean Air Hypocrisy

As any Londoner with a television knows, Sadiq Khan loves putting the environment at the forefront of his work in office and is today convening political and business leaders at the International Clean Air Summit to call for more powers to tackle air pollution. Perhaps he’d be better off organising a hot air summit…

As ever with Labour, the words fail to match the actions; as since taking charge of City Hall Sadiq has done surprisingly little to clean up the 1,034 vehicles in his GLA fleet – just 7% of which are zero-emission. 93% of Sadiq’s fleet fails to meet the lofty standards he aims to force on Londoners…

This could have been expected, however, given the mayor is not on track to meet any of his lofty green promises. In 2016 he promised Londoners he would plant over two million trees during his first term in office. Based on current projections, the Mayor would need to plant over 200 trees an hour from now until election day to make good on his promise. Unluckily for Londoners’ lungs, Guido has more dirt on their mayor than their mayor has under his fingernails…

Sadiq’s Extinction Rebellion Protest U-Turn

Sadiq’s posturing over Extinction Rebellion’s disruption of Londoners’ lives has gone into reverse gear since Tuesday; u-turning from questioning the police’s ban of the climate communists’ protests, to finally calling time on their illegal demonstrations. Maybe he’s realised furious commuters will be responsible for voting him back in next year…

In a statement this morning following the Canning Town Station focus group on Extinction Rebellion’s tube protests, Khan wrote:

“This illegal action is extremely dangerous, counterproductive and is causing unacceptable disruption to Londoners”

If any readers can explain why he wasn’t saying this about their Westminster protests last week, please do get in touch…

Sadiq Blimp Up For Sale On Ebay

The Sadiq Khan ‘blimp’ that was flown on Parliament Square has gone up for sale on Ebay. It was created in response to the ‘Trump Baby Blimp’ that Guido revealed Sadiq’s advisers over-ruled officials to ensure it would fly at an anti-President demonstration last summer. But now the battle of the blimps has deflated…

The item is described as being “used once” and in “Perfect condition, ready to fly!” Yours for just £16,100 or more…

Shaun Bailey Calls for Sadiq to Apologise Over Fake News Facebook Ads

Sadiq Khan appears to have wheeled out a new tactic in attempt to get re-elected as London Mayor – wheeling out fake news attack ads against Shaun Bailey on Facebook. The London Labour Party’s Facebook page has been promoting a story from ‘Inside Croydon’ which claims that Bailey is considering scrapped Freedom Passes for people between 60 and 75. The only problem is it’s completely untrue…

The Inside Croydon blog is heavily partisan against the Tories, the article itself cites no sources, it simply says that the suggestion was raised at a “discussion forum” at last year’s Conservative Party Conference. As Adam Bienkov’s snarky live-tweets from the session make clear, the idea was just an unprompted suggestion from a member of the audience. Long after Bailey himself had left

Team Bailey say they have tried to correct the story but have been ignored – Bailey’s publicly-stated policy is to “protect the Freedom Pass”. Bailey has now written formally to Khan to complain about Labour sharing the story which is “not only disingenuous but completely false and unacceptable” and call for Khan to retract the advert and apologise. Read his letter in full here

Sadiq’s Labour Government Slammed Rent Controls in 2010

Sadiq Khan’s rent control policy launch hasn’t exactly been an unmitigated success, it’s already been branded “economically illiterate” by most economists while the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry has dismissed it as a “pre-election populist measure that places blame on landlords but ignores the problems of the London housing market” which will only “reduce the supply of rented housing further over time and raise housing costs in the long run”. Meanwhile Shaun Bailey is actually launching house-building policies instead of just trying to bash landlords…

Sadiq could have saved himself a lot of time and hassle if he’d just read this Treasury report from February 2010, which explains:

“A key factor behind the decline in the private rented sector was the introduction of rent controls during the First World War. Artificially low rents reduced investment in the sector, contributing to a tenure shift to owner-occupation and lower maintenance standards in the stock that remained. The low quality of stock that had resulted from rent controls also deterred many potential tenants.”

“Rent controls had a particularly negative effect impact on both supply and quality of UK rental accommodation over the period to 1988.”

“The impact of pre-1988 rent controls was that little new private rental sector stock entered the market, with long-run rates of return being depressed. What stock remained tended to be older than in other tenures, and of lower quality, as the use value of higher quality stock was considerably higher in the owner-occupied sector, resulting in tenure switch. Those who remained often lacked funds (or incentives) for the adequate repair and improvement of properties. Many consider rent control to have been a major factor to the subsequent delay of much of the inner city housing stock.”

Who was a Minister attending Cabinet in the Labour Government which produced the report? Sadiq Khan!

Sadiq Launching Policy He Can’t Even Implement Tomorrow

Sadiq Khan’s flagship rent control policy is finally set to be rolled out tomorrow after multiple delays – evidently they decided last Thursday wasn’t the ideal time for it after all. Rumour has it that it’ll be Len “f***ing disgrace” McCluskey’s Unite Union who will have the dubious honour of hosting the launch of Sadiq’s dire policy. The policy which has either pushed rents sharply up or rental accommodation quality and supply sharply down pretty much everywhere it’s been introduced…

Except as Sadiq well knows, he doesn’t even have the powers to implement rent control policies himself, so his launch tomorrow is actually just an exercise in posturing and begging the Government to give him new powers to do so, which obviously no sane Government is going to do. Although given how frantically May’s been pushing through left-wing policies as part of her ‘legacy’ maybe it’s not so futile after all…

Labour Planning Big Policy Announcement for Thursday

Guido has got wind that Labour have a big policy announcement in the pipeline planned for Thursday morning. An event is being considered in Jeremy Corbyn’s backyard of Islington to roll out a nice uncontroversial policy on… rent controls. It’s almost like there might be something happening on Wednesday night that they want to get a row going to distract from…

Rent controls have led to sharp increases in rents or dramatic declines in the quantity and quality of rental accommodation pretty much everywhere they’ve been introduced. Not that this has deterred Sadiq Khan who’s pledged to make them a core part of his 2020 re-election platform. Despite them not even being within the Mayor’s authority to impose…

On the area he does have authority over – building affordable houses – he hasn’t even reached 30% of his 116,000 target despite receiving a £4.82 billion grant. Maybe he wouldn’t need to be considering daft policies like this if he got on with his actual job…

Guido hears that Labour had originally been planning to roll out this widely discredited policy in May before it was unexpectedly delayed. Funny how it might be resurfacing this week of all weeks…

Sadiq Khan’s Environment Tsar Racks up 54,000 Air Miles on Long-Haul Junkets

Sadiq Khan’s latest attempt to try to ingratiate himself with the increasingly disruptive eco-loony movement is to announce that he’ll be closing 20 kilometres of roads across London for an entire “car-free day” in September. The man whose job is literally to keep the roads open is closing them for a publicity stunt…

Instead of inconveniencing millions of Londoners to virtue signal to people who glue themselves to trains, Sadiq could start by reining in his own Deputy Mayor for Environment, Shirley Rodrigues, who turns out to be rather fond of overseas jaunts on Mayoral business. Since being appointed in 2016, Rodrigues has racked up over 54,000 air miles on numerous long-haul trips to far-flung destinations including Mexico City, Bengaluru, San Francisco and three trips to New York, pumping out over 14 tonnes of CO2 in the process. As usual it’s one rule for our pious eco-overlords, another rule for the rest of us…

Trump Enters UK Airspace With Attack on Sadiq

Before he has even got off the airplane, the US President has already done his best to create a diplomatic incident. Nothing like making an entrance…

Khan Opposes US President’s State Visit

One rule for China, which is locking up its own citizens in concentration camps, but another for the democratically elected head of state of Britain’s closest ally…

Sadiq Defends Corbyn Over Anti-Semitic Book Endorsement

After the revelations about Corbyn’s gushing endorsement of a deeply anti-Semitic book, Conservative GLA leader Gareth Bacon wrote to Sadiq Khan asking him to condemn Corbyn’s endorsement to “help reassure vulnerable Jewish Londoners that this sort of disgusting racism will not be tolerated” in London. A pretty reasonable request given 2 in 5 British Jews say they would “serious consider” emigrating if Corbyn got in…

Far from condemning Corbyn, all Sadiq has to say about the matter is that he’s “pleased” that Corbyn rejected the “anti-Semitic elements” of the book, before rattling off a list of things which purportedly show him being tough on anti-Semitism. Funnily enough he forgets to mention having photoshoots with a Labour Councillor whose expulsion he personally called for over anti-Semitism just last year…

Sadiq remarkably even goes on the attack, accusing Bacon of “political point scoring” and calling his letter “extremely distasteful”. It speaks volumes that Sadiq uses that sort of language to attack a letter raising concerns about anti-Semitism, while turning a blind eye to Corbyn’s anti-Semitism itself…

Read Sadiq’s letter in full:

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Sadiq’s Photo Op With 9/11 “Zionist Jews” Conspiracy Theorist He Personally Condemned Last Year

Meet Labour Councillor Nisar Malik – Malik has served as a Labour Councillor in Hounslow since 2014, he was mayor of Hounslow from 2015-6. He’s also a big fan of sharing Jewish conspiracy theories on Facebook…

Last year Malik claimed that Israel and America created ISIS, suggested that they were conducting false flag chemical weapons attacks in Syria and ranted about how the “Zaniest [sic] lobby controls all the media”.[…] Read the rest

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TfL’s Fishy Figures Over People’s Vote Tube Ads

Guido revealed yesterday how Transport for London refused to divulge how much they charged People’s Vote to run their dodgy ad campaign on the Tube, using a legal exemption to avoid revealing whether People’s Vote had received unduly favourable rates. TfL quoted only the generic ‘rate card value’ of the ads when answering the FoI request, stating that People’s Vote’s first round of advertising in October last year had a value of £50,000, with a second round in January with a value of £16,000.[…] Read the rest

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TfL Cover Up Cost of People’s Vote’s Dodgy Tube Advertising

Transport for London are under fresh scrutiny over the ads they’ve allowed People’s Vote to plaster all over the tube, breaching TfL’s guidelines against political ads. TfL’s response was that the ads were allowed as they didn’t “promote a cause associated with a specific political party”.[…] Read the rest

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Sajid and Sadiq Under Pressure Over Failure to Tackle Protests

While the environmental protests over the last three days have generated plenty of amusement and most workers are thinking about the Easter break anyway, people are increasingly asking why the police response has been so feeble. Why are the police unable to stop Central London being brought to a halt for days by a tiny handful of protesters with a few yoga mats and tubes of glue?[…] Read the rest

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Khan’s £1-a-Ride Tax Starts Today

Sadiq’s new emissions tax means private hire vehicles will need to pay the Congestion Charge of up to £11.50 per day when driving in the central London “Ultra Low Emission Zone”. As a result from today a £1 central London fee will be added to every Uber trip that starts, ends or passes through the city centre.[…] Read the rest

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Sadiq Bills Taxpayer £175,000 for Self-Promoting PR Campaign

Poor old Sadiq Khan never seems to be able to shake off his money woes – whether it’s bailing out Crossrail to the tune of up to £2 billion or not having enough money to fight knife crime. Or blowing almost half a billion pounds on a disastrous vanity project when he was Fire Minister…

Funnily enough he always manages to find a few quid down the back of the sofa when it comes to his cronies or poorly-disguised propaganda campaigns.[…] Read the rest

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Khan & Corbyn took £90,000 from ‘Shameful’ Company Which Built Segregated Play Area

Sadiq Khan and Jeremy Corbyn have been vocal in their condemnation of the company responsible for building a segregated play area in a new housing development, with social housing residents prevented from accessing the play area. Khan called it “disgraceful” and “shameful” while Corbyn tweeted: “This is wrong.[…] Read the rest

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