Sadiq’s Sugar Coated Obesity Statistics Take the Biscuit

Sadiq Khan has spent the last 24 hours ferociously slapping himself on the back, supposedly for saving the NHS about £218 million by preventing 100,000 people becoming obese. How? By banning junk food advertising on the Tube. Truly a medical miracle.

Sadiq’s basing his unprecedented policy victory on a study published yesterday which, as Christopher Snowdon points out, features even more pie in the sky thinking than the last time Khan tried spinning this yarn:

“The authors claimed that London households ate 1,000 fewer calories of HFSS [foods high in fat, sugar or salt] after the ban. This wasn’t true in any sense. They could only pretend it was true by creating a ridiculous counterfactual in which consumption rose sharply for no reason if there hadn’t been a ban… It is a much, much greater calorie reduction than the Department of Health expect to be achieved from a nationwide pre-watershed broadcast advertising ban and a total online advertising ban combined.”

Not only did the researchers not bother to actually count the number of obese people in London – their figure is just based on half-baked theoretical modelling –  they also conveniently ignore that London was in lockdown for most of 2020… and child obesity has actually increased in the city since 2019. London has the highest rate of childhood obesity in the country…

Some food for thought, maybe. Meanwhile, here’s another statistic for the Mayor to chew on: last year was the worst on record for gun and knife crime in London, with 30 teenage homicides across the capital. In fact, just look at the crime rate per 1,000 population since 2016 – in other words, since Sadiq took office:

Still, at least he’s banned Big Mac adverts on the Central Line. Time for a slice of humble pie…

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Sadiq’s ULEZ Expansion Flops, Stalls NO2 Fall

Today, Transport for London released the first data on the effects of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expansion across London. For co-conspirators living outside the M25, that’s the £12.50 charge Londoners are now whacked with if their vehicle breaches low emission rules. As expected, Sadiq is claiming victory, insisting “the ULEZ is working” because  “Nitrogen dioxide pollution has fallen by 44% in central London & 20% in outer London.” Just one small problem: Nitrogen Dioxide levels were falling faster before the expansion…

Between January-March 2021 – seven months before Khan expanded the ULEZ to the inner boundaries of the North and South Circular roads – Nitrogen Dioxide pollution was 56% lower in Central London than it would have been had the initial low emission area not been introduced. In the suburbs, that figure was 21%. Now, as Sadiq boasts, it’s at 44% and 20% respectively. So the ULEZ is now less effective… despite being 18 times larger. Expanding it hasn’t shifted the dial in the right direction. Don’t forget, the boundaries are supposed to expand again next year…

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Sadiq Khan Latest Labour Figure Under Investigation

This afternoon it was confirmed the Greater London Authority’s Monitoring Officer is investigating Sadiq Khan for “serious” allegations relating to his premature announcement of the Elizabeth Line opening date. The inquiry was prompted by Grant Shapps, who wrote to the GLA and the electoral commission last month after Khan appeared to break pre-election purdah rules by revealing the opening time just a day before the locals. Now it’s full steam ahead for the probe. Shapps 1, Khan 0…

Luckily for Sadiq, he’s in good company with his Labour colleagues. He now joins Keir Starmer, Angela Rayner, and David Lammy in being under active investigation. In fact, Sir Keir’s managed to find himself the subject of two concurrent probes: one for Beergate up in the Durham Constabulary, and another with the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner. That’s five investigations between the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader, the Shadow Foreign Secretary and the Mayor of London. Will the last Labour figure not under investigation please turn out the lights…

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Sadiq Repeatedly Dodges Questioning Over ULEZ Expansion

A tough watch from the Greater London Assembly yesterday, with Sadiq repeatedly dodging simple questions over the impact of his wallet-raiding ULEZ expansion, and refusing to admit that he simply couldn’t provide the data that would support his own plan. Never mind the stats, his ‘experience’ tells him he’s right…

Asked multiple times by GLA Conservative Deputy Leader to provide a source for his claim that “the poorest in London do not own cars” – a reasonable question, given everyone in Greater London will soon be charged £12.50 just to switch on their engines – Sadiq threw the question back over and over again, eventually insisting Fortune should “knock on a few more doors” and speak to more Londoners. Presumably they’ll have the data he’s looking for. 

Expanding the ULEZ to the whole of Greater London will inevitably affect thousands of middle and lower income households, and Sadiq knows it. Of course, rate of car access rises with incomes, yet even around half of households on £20,000 a year have access. Sadiq forgets that the likes of bus drivers and NHS workers have cars out of necessity, because public transport isn’t there at the times needed for shift-workers. Maybe this is the data Sadiq couldn’t remember:

Inevitably those living in outer London will be disproportionately affected by this, even on lower incomes. At least the air will be slightly cleaner…  

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Sadiq: Men Must Call Out Sexists, So Long as they Didn’t Try Blocking Brexit

Sadiq Khan has a new plan to tackle violence against women and girls. Taking to the airwaves this morning he announced that relationship education will be crucial in challenging sexism and reducing harassment of women, with kids as young as four expected to receive the lessons. The main plank pushed by the mayor this morning is getting men to call out harassing and abusive behaviour when they see their mates perpetuating it:

It’s a shame that Sadiq and his remainer mates couldn’t find it within themselves to call time on Bercow after he’d been accused of bullying, harassment and sexism. In 2018 minister Claire Perry accused Bercow of sexism, accusing him of having a “woman problem”, and followed Andrea Leadsom publicly calling him out for describing her as a “stupid woman”. Did Sadiq condemn him? No, he lavished praise on him a year later when he announced his retirement.

In 2009, Sadiq Khan boasted of backing him to be speaker of the Commons, despite Bercow telling the Telegraph nine years prior that female MPs’ complaints about sexism in Parliament were “a defence mechanism against their own inadequacy. You don’t find the competent attractive ones like Yvette Cooper moaning on about sexism.” Sadiq’s also stayed oddly quiet on Bercow since last week’s verdict. Remember men, call out sexism – as long as they’re not on your side of the political aisle…

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Sadiq to Expand ULEZ Across All of Greater London By End of Next Year

As Londoners grapple with rising fares and tube strikes, Sadiq has unveiled plans to expand the ultra-low emission zone across the whole of Greater London by the end of next year, meaning thousands more motorists will be whacked with a £12.50 daily charge just to switch on their engines. According to City Hall, “bold measures are required” to tackle the climate emergency. Presumably they’ll crack out the champagne again after another genius idea…

Unbelievably, Sadiq has also managed to spin this as an act of social justice:

“The triple challenges of tackling toxic air pollution, the climate emergency and congestion mean we need to further reduce emissions from vehicles in London. We simply don’t have time to waste. This is also a matter of social justice – with air pollution hitting the poorest communities the hardest. Nearly half of Londoners don’t own a car, but they are disproportionally feeling the damaging consequences polluting vehicles are causing.”

They also feel the damaging consequences of sky-high council tax bills. ULEZ if you want to…

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