Sadiq Mocked Over Calls for Independent London Immigration Policy

In a widely-trailed speech tonight, Sadiq Khan is to call for the government to devolve immigration policy to him in City Hall, as well as have an honest debate about rejoining the Single Market. At the Mansion House tonight, Sadiq will call for “Devolving powers to London and allowing us to create a regional shortage occupation list”. Implying shortages are being caused by lack of immigration when a record 504,000 people net came here last year seems to be a stretch even for Sadiq…

“Devolving powers to London and allowing us to create a regional shortage occupation list would be one way to give businesses the ability to attract and retain talent in the areas they need it most.”

Responding to the demand, a government source jokes to Guido, “What’s the mayor proposing? The Republic of Khania?” Going on to observe “I’m sure Londoners would prefer him to help sort out crime across the city rather than start worrying about setting his own immigration policies.”

Such a policy – provided Sadiq actually means it and isn’t merely cynically attempting to grab headlines – raises a number of questions about how it would be implemented. Would you need a passport to get on the tube? Would the migrants be fitted with ASBOs to ensure they stayed in London? Or would Sadiq merely demand the government build a wall around the M25? Enough time has passed since he delighted in attacking Donald Trump at the expense of Britain’s diplomatic interests – surely Don would pick up the phone should Sadiq need some advice…

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Sadiq Must Attend Police and Crime Committee… or Face Arrest

Sadiq Khan has been summonsed to the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee, to answer questions on the Winsor Review. The report, published last month, investigated the circumstances around Cressida Dick’s sacking. It found Sadiq committed an “abuse of power” and that the Met Commissioner had been “intimidated” and faced “political pressure“. Even worse for Sadiq, if he fails to attend the committee he could face up to 3 months in prison.

Susan Hall AM, Chairman of the Police and Crime Committee, added:

“The Sir Tom Winsor review has raised important questions about the circumstances under which the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner stood down. The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has statutory powers to summons the Mayor, which we have used for the first time today. We believe that given the seriousness of the review’s findings, the Mayor needs to address the unanswered questions that have emerged.”

Sadiq is being summonsed under Section 33 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. It’s the first time this has been used on a sitting mayor. When it comes to London crime, it seems Sadiq is leading by example…

 

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Tories’ London Troubles Aren’t Limited to Election Results

Yesterday Guido reported that CCHQ is hiring two new press officers ahead of the next election. No doubt these roles will get snapped up quickly, though down the river at City Hall the Tories’ operation is having greater troubles hiring staff. In January their senior press officer departed to become head of communications at the Conservative Environment Network. Four months on, the role remains unfilled despite local elections. It’s been relisted three times despite a salary offer of up to £47,000…

It’s not just this notable vacancy in their London operation and the local election results signalling headaches for the Tories. Last Friday, Gareth Bacon – MP for Orpington – wrote an op-ed calling for London to get its own dedicated Tory party:

“we must reform the Conservative Party. It’s time for a distinct London Conservative identity, focused on communicating the party’s message and listening to Londoners. Backed by a professional, dedicated campaign team, it can unite MPs, Assembly members and councillors to connect with every corner of Greater London.

We do not need a totally independent party like the Scottish or Welsh Conservatives. But we do need the identity and machinery of one to develop policies and messages that speak to Londoners in every borough. It would stop the silly cycle of building a campaign around a particular mayoral candidate only to disband it post-election.”

Bacon’s not wholly off the mark here. For example, Guido spots the London Conservative Facebook page hasn’t been updated since 12th November 2020. Despite an intervening election in the London Assembly.

Guido has long advocated independence for London, perhaps the London Tories should become more militant and seccesionist, making the rest of the country pay their own way…

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Sadiq to Keep TfL Mask Mandate Despite End of Plan B

Sadiq Khan has announced that masks will continue to be mandatory on all Transport for London services, including the tube, despite the government ending their legal mandate across the country from next Thursday. Surprise, surprise.

Despite the encouraging Omicron data, Sadiq said the “Government should rethink their plans and keep legislation in place”, and confirmed he won’t revoke them himself:

“If we have learnt anything from this pandemic, it is that we must not get complacent and undo all our hard work and sacrifices. That’s why face coverings will remain a condition of carriage on TfL services. I’m asking everyone in our capital to do the right thing and continue to wear a face covering when travelling on TfL services to keep us all protected and to prevent further restrictions from being necessary later down the line.”

In the wise words of Zarah Sultana, the mask debate is “purely ideological”…

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Some Suggestions for Sadiq on the Decolonisation of London

Mayor Sadiq Khan is offering Londoners up to £25,000 to ‘decolonise’ street names as part of a new diversity campaign. He’s ring-fenced a staggering £1 million fund to be shared amongst community groups, particularly those campaigning to change ‘offensive’ road names. Here’s a helpful list to get started : 

  • Rename the city. Whilst the exact etymology of London is uncertain, it’s a well-established fact that the Roman name for the city was ‘Londinium‘. The Romans violently conquered and colonised the city and forced Britons into slavery. Slavers are particular unwoke and Londoners should not accept their slave-name. It has to go…
  • 7 city boroughs, including Barnet, derive their names from Anglo-Saxon words. As is well-documented, the Saxons and Vikings displaced the indigenous people centuries ago, raping and pillaging as they went. Their role in British history should be erased in the name of feminism.
  • Westminster was actually founded by William Conqueror who – clue’s in the name – violently conquered England and oppressed the people. Westminster must be renamed…

In fact, London’s history is so complicated, rooted in so much racism, that it might be easier if Khan just demolished everything and started again from scratch. Following these helpful suggestions, Guido looks forward to receiving his £25,000…

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WATCH: Graceless Khan Refuses to Say A Good Word About Bailey in Mayoral Debate

Sadiq Khan raised more than a few eyebrows last night during the London Mayoral election debate, after he outright refused to offer a single word of praise for his opponent Shaun Bailey during the closing moments of the programme. With both candidates asked if they ‘like each other‘, Bailey gave what Guido presumed was the obligatory polite nod of respect to the Mayor, saying “for me it’s not personal, of course I respect Sadiq […] one of the great things about the London Assembly is how collegiately we work”How kind.

Khan, on the other hand, had no time for his opponent’s civility, instead launching a final blistering attack against Bailey as the credits began to roll:

“I’ve got to be honest, some of the things that Shaun has said Eid, about Diwali, about women, about girls, about multiculturalism, about those that receive benefits, I get deeply upset by. They’re not my values, they’re not London’s values. And I hope Londoners reject those values on May 6.”

Charming. Guido points out that even Donald Trump had something nice to say about Hillary Clinton when asked a similar question back in 2016…

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