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…

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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”. Despite already being aware of this, Labour still allowed him to run for re-election in 2018…

Malik was then embroiled in a fresh storm when it emerged a few months later that he had also shared a video suggesting that “Zionist Jews” were behind 9/11. Labour still failed to take action and Malik is still a Labour Councillor – who Sadiq Khan decided to pop down for a PR opportunity with yesterday. Yet another case of Labour wilfully ignoring its chronic anti-Semitism problem…

UPDATE: Sadiq can’t try to claim ignorance as a defence, last year Sadiq personally condemned Malik as anti-Semitic after being shown his Facebook posts and called for him to be kicked out of the Labour Party:

“Some of those remarks are clearly anti-Semitic. I think the Labour Party should be investigating those comments speedily and if those complaints are upheld then anybody with those views should be kicked out of the Labour Party. There must be no place in our party for anybody with racist views. Anti-Semitism is racism.

“We should be a party that is seeking to shape and change people’s views for the better, not being a place where people think it’s ok to join our party with anti-Semitic views.”

The fact that he’s happily posed alongside him less than a year later is the height of hypocrisy…

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. What rate they actually paid we’ll never know…

However, Guido can now reveal that when responding to a separate FoI last year, TfL claimed that the same People’s Vote’s October advertising campaign had only had a rate card value of £40,114.80 – specifically for a one day campaign on 11 digital escalator panel runs and 50 LCD screens. Not only won’t they release the exact figures, they aren’t even giving different people the same answer. Is TfL’s FoI team literally just making them up now?

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”. Would the rules be bent this far for a campaign Sadiq Khan wasn’t a “leading supporter” of?

Now TfL have been challenged under the Freedom of Information Act to reveal how much People’s Vote paid them to run the ads. TfL revealed that the two People’s Vote ad campaigns had a combined ‘rate card value’ of £66,000 but refused to reveal how much they actually paid, claiming that the “public interest” and “openness and transparency” were “outweighed” by the fact that “the disclosure of the the negotiated rate would prejudice the ability to maximise future revenue from advertising”Conveniently hiding whether or not they gave People’s Vote an unduly favourable rate for the deal…

However, TfL appear to have misread the original FoI request and applied this ‘Section 43(2)’ exemption incorrectly. The FoI wasn’t asking about negotiated rates, it was simply asking for the total amount of money spent on the ads. The total figure alone doesn’t reveal the negotiated rate People’s Vote paid since that depends on exactly how many adverts they ran and where. So there’s no sensitive commercial information that would be revealed – time for TfL to start following the rules and come clean on exactly how much they charged People’s Vote…

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?

The finger of blame is being pointed at Sajid Javid and Sadiq Khan – former Home Secretary David Blunkett takes aim at his successor in the Mail, challenging him why the “full force of the law” hasn’t been applied. Treasury PPS and fellow Tory MP Huw Merriman brands it a “national embarrassment” and says he has asked Javid to “put pressure on the police to bring this to an immediate halt”. Instead of dancing along with the protesters…

Sadiq Khan is also under fire from rank-and-file officers themselves for “aggravating” the protests with his tacit approval after saying “I share the passion of the protesters because it is a very important issue” rather than condemning them for breaking the law. The public is not impressed either. If they were protesting in favour of Brexit or another issue Sadiq didn’t agree with they would have been removed in no time, instead they’ve got free rein to continue their dance parties while Londoners suffer…

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. Khan’s tax is being passed directly on to consumers, it will also hike costs for London’s shops and accelerate the shift to online retailers, which is why the Taxpayers’ Alliance dubs his charge zone an “Ultra Low Enterprise Zone”.

Khan says it is to combat air pollution. In which case it is irrelevant to the rapidly improving trend:

Despite a growing population air pollution in London was 900% higher within living memory. So what is he trying to achieve? He’s raising revenue to splurge for his re-election. Car drivers in the suburbs don’t vote for him and businesses don’t have votes, so he calculates he can tax ’em without losing votes.

In fact across the UK Britain is getting cleaner air at rapid rate. Khan’s tax is neither here nor literally there.Every time Guido gets into an Uber he’ll curse Khan’s tax. So will Londoners…

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. Now an FoI has revealed that his self-congratulatory ‘London is Open’ campaign has cost the taxpayer a hefty £175,000 since he launched it in July 2016.

This doesn’t account for the £3 million New Year fireworks which Sadiq also turned into an giant anti-Brexit attention-seeking display, in fact it’s barely a drop in the ocean of Sadiq’s bloated PR budget. It’s not like there’s an urgent knife crime crisis that the money could have been spent on instead…

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. It must end.”

What Khan and Corbyn were slightly less vocal about was the fact that they had previously received tens of thousands of pounds in donations from the housing developers in question, Henley Homes. Khan received two donations from Henley Homes in 2015 totalling £15,000 while the Labour Party itself received a bumper £75,000 donation from them, seven months after Corbyn took over as leader:

Labour refused to comment on whether they would be returning the donation or ruling out accepting further donations from Henley Homes, Khan did not respond to Guido’s question at all. Khan and Corbyn won’t put their money where their mouths are…

Sadiq Khan’s Cronies Pocket £150,000 from Failing HS2 Quango He Appointed Them to

HS2 continues to be the black hole that can’t stop sucking taxpayers’ money in, with Old Oak Common station in North-West London proving to be the standout white elephant in a project boasting herds of them. International construction firms are even resorting to lawsuits to try to get their hands on the billion-pound contract….

Numerous quangos have inevitably sprung up to feed off the HS2 dosh, in this case it’s the Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), which has already been responsible for resounding successes like cocking up a £5 billion housing development. Not that this stopped the OPDC Board – rammed with the usual Labour local authority types and GLA quangocrats – from trousering tens of thousands of pounds for attending tiny handful of meetings, according to their latest accounts:

  • Julian Bell pocketed £15,000 for 6 meetings. Labour Leader of Ealing Council.
  • Muhammad Butt pocketed £15,000 for 6 meetings. Labour Leader of Brent Council.
  • Stephen Cowan pocketed £15,000 for 3 meetings. Labour Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council.
  • William McKee pocketed £22,000 for 6 meetings. Also chairs Sadiq Khan’s London Industry and Logistics Sounding Board.
  • Liz Peace CBE, the chair, pocketed £27,000 for 7 meetings. Also sits on Sadiq Khan’s Homes for Londoners Board.
  • Eric Sorensen pocketed £21,000 for 7 meetings. Former CEO of development quangos which advised Ken Livingstone in the 2000s.
  • Amanda Souter pocketed £15,000 for 6 meetings. Green Party/FBPE activist sitting on the Board as a ‘local resident’.

On average that’s £3,170 per meeting – more than the median worker takes home in the UK per month. You’ll never guess who was directly responsible for appointing the Board to their lucrative positions. Sadiq Khan… 

The Taxpayers’ Alliance’s James Roberts blasts:

“What a joke. When you look at the names involved, it’s a rogue’s gallery of Khan’s old local authority mates, all raking it in at the London taxpayer’s expense. The Old Oak Common Cock-up gets worse by the day, not least given the ongoing shambles of HS2, but Khan’s cronies carried on claiming their cushy allowances. Shameful.”

Enough cash to fight knife crime? No. Enough cash for cronies on quango boards? Absolutely…

TfL Allows Kiddy Fiddler Advert, Bans Kids’ Meal Adverts

Last week TfL banned all ‘junk food’ advertisements aimed at kids at the behest of the Mayor, in the interests of safeguarding children. Yet TfL allowed an advertising campaign defending alleged kiddy-fiddler Michael Jackson from appearing across London, despite TfL’s notoriously strict advertising guidelines. Weird that advertising defending a suspected paedophile and encouraging people to not believe victims is allowed, but adverts for kids’ meals are not…

Faiza Shaheen Caught Saying Sadiq’s Emission Tax is “Unfair” and Will Hit Poorest Hardest

Labour’s rising media star Faiza Shaheen has been recorded at an event calling Sadiq Khan’s new pollution tax “unfair” and warning that it will hit working class traders and families hardest. As much as Corbyn and Khan don’t get along, directly attacking one of his core policies can’t be the official Party Line…

Shaheen, Labour’s candidate to take on Iain Duncan Smith in Chingford and Woodford Green – not that the media normally bothers to mention that – was speaking at an event alongside fellow ‘rising star’ Rebecca Long-Bailey. At least she appears to have a better understanding of Labour’s damaging policies than the Shadow Business Secretary usually does:

“We have completely got the politics wrong in terms of the impact on inequalities… We didn’t think about the redistributional impacts for those at the poorer end who will have to switch their car.”

She is right, plumbers and carpenters with diesel vans or families with affordable diesel cars will be clobbered by Sadiq’s £12.50-a-day ULEZ charge. The ULEZ zone is set to be extended to the North and South Circulars in October 2021, just ahead of a provisional 2022 election. It just so happens that the North Circular runs right through Chingford and Woodford Green…

H/t Ross Lydall

Sadiq’s New Crime Crony’s Suspect Selection Process

Sadiq Khan has already come under fire for choosing one of his cronies, Labour Councillor Lib Peck, to be his new London crime tsar on a whopping £116,000 salary, despite gun crime almost doubling in her own patch of Lambeth where she has been leader of the Council for six years.[…] Read the rest

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