Khan’s Attack on Choice: I’ll Cap Uber If I’m Mayor

Londoners’ freedom to choose cheaper Uber rides is under threat – Sadiq says he will cap the number of Uber cars allowed on the capital’s streets:

“I’m afraid the mistake was made a couple of years ago when TfL allowed Uber taxis to come on stream… And let me tell you what I will do. I will make sure we have proper regulation around private hire vehicles. I want a cap on the number of private hire vehicles.”

Zac is hardly pro-innovation when it comes to taxis either though this from Khan is a particularly direct attack on consumer choice. Heavy handed, Corbyn-style market intervention to reduce the availability of Ubers means less supply, a higher likelihood of surge pricing and higher fares for Londoners…

Sadiq Khan Quizzed Over Extremist Links

Sadiq Khan got quite a grilling on LBC this morning, where he was questioned over his links to known Islamic extremists. Nick Ferrari cited Guido’s research from yesterday that revealed an online web of terror surrounding the London Mayoral candidate. He says he will unfollow them…

Sadiq’s Web of Terror: Khan Follows ISIS Supporter on Twitter

Politicians have previously been embarrassed by revelations that their personal Twitter accounts follow porn sites, escort services and even brothels. Sadiq Khan’s ‘following’ list is slightly different. Labour’s mayoral candidate keeps up to date with the musings of Majid Freeman, a ‘charity worker’ from Leicester who posts links to ISIS propaganda videos and films presenting Daesh as a reasonable response to the West. Majid has also promoted material on Twitter praising Jabhat al-Nusra, an offshoot of Al-Qaeda. Perhaps Sadiq was hacked?

Unfortunately Khan also follows Hamja Ahsan, a ‘justice campaigner’ who spends all his time on Twitter campaigning on behalf of his brother Talha, who pleaded guilty to providing material support for insurgents in Afghanistan. Talha faced trial alongside Khan’s childhood friend Babar Ahmad, who also pleaded guilty. Khan admits he was close to these dodgy people back in the day, he says that is all history now. The evidence of his Twitter account is that he still likes to keep up-to-date with them…

Sadiq Refuses To Answer Fares Question Five Times

Guido was greatly amused watching Sadiq Khan lose it on Monday with a BBC London journalist over TFL’s factual statement that his transport proposals have a £1.9 billion funding black hole in them. Last night on ITV London the Labour mayoral candidate gave a repeat performance of evasiveness all over again when confronted with the TFL figure. Five times he avoided answering the question that won’t go away…

UPDATE: Labour Assembly member Val Shawcross has tried to get TfL boss Mike Brown to disown the £1.9 billion figure. It has backfired spectacularly:

Shawcross: “Do you own a figure of £1.9 billion? Yes or no?  Has TFL produced or published that assessment? I want to know if that figure from a TFL source or not?”

Brown: “…We are obliged to take a series of indicators, OBR, Bank of England. If you look at that in the round then our assumptions would take you to a figure of £1.9 billion over the planned years.”

So Labour have succeeded in getting TfL to confirm the £1.9 billion black hole figure is correct. Slow clap.

Boris’ New Baldness-Battling Barnet

Guido has previously noted that balding Boris is losing his locks, so it is no surprise to see his hair cropped shorter and brushed forward to disguise that thinning top:

It is more flattering from above:

The age old rule in British politics is that bald men in the television age do not beat rivals with a full head of hair. Think Tony Blair versus William Hague, IDS and Michael Howard, nor can we forget Maggie versus Kinnock. In every election the slap-head loses. Could Boris’ new baldness-battling barnet be a sign that his leadership campaign is shifting up a gear?

UPDATE: A friend of Boris gets in touch:

“Don’t get too excited. Cropping shorter isn’t new Mayoral policy, it’s something he revisits every few months with the help of his Turkish barber!”

Sadiq Ducks City Airport Row

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Yesterday morning Sadiq Khan sent out a briefing note, helpfully it told us that Labour was split on airport expansion:city-airport

By the afternoon the briefing note dropped any reference to City Airport altogether…

London Labour Offers No Alternative Budget

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Jon Burke, Labour’s City Hall adviser on economics, tweeted late on Tuesday night:

Consequently on Wednesday the Labour group on the London Assembly didn’t put forward an alternative London budget. The Assembly held the final vote on Boris’s last annual budget for the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, the fire brigade and other City Hall agencies where traditionally opposition parties bring forward a costed alternative budget which they hope to persuade other groups to back in place of the mayor’s budget. The ensuing debate allows them to set out their own priorities for London. The rumour flying around is that Khan was in City Hall on Tuesday and had a massive argument with Len Duval, leader of the Labour Group, consequently they could not agree on an amendment. So Labour offered no alternative budget plan in an election year….

The Tories have immediately seized on the issue:

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Could it be that Sadiq Khan calculates that coming clean with the voters about costs in an election year could cost him votes? Labour don’t want to admit to putting up taxes in writing, and that Sadiq’s sums don’t add up on his fares policy or policing costs? City Hall staff had apparently spent weeks costing Labour’s alternative plans. LibDem assemblyman Stephen Knight claims Labour’s plans have been shredded “on the orders of” Sadiq.  Better to offer no voter repelling costed alternative than admit that London Labour, the looniest in the land, plans to go the full Corbyn, implementing socialism in the capital….  

Zac Accuses Sadiq of “Playing The Race Card”

Zac Goldsmith was in for a grilling on the Today Programme this morning, culminating in him accusing Sadiq Khan of “playing the race card”. The Tory mayoral candidate was responding to suggestions by Sadiq and Sarah Montague that Zac was “playing with fire” by labelling him “radical and divisive” in his campaigning literature:

Sarah Montague: We are in a world where there is huge amount of coverage of the concerns of Islamic terrorism, and you are calling the Muslim candidate, your rival, radical and divisive. Do you think that is wise?

Zac Goldsmith: If I cannot use the term radical to describe what has happened to the Labour Party, the selection of these two candidates [Jeremy Corbyn and Sadiq Khan]. If I can’t use the term “radical” in that context, then I don’t know when I’d be able to use the term radical.

SM: He says you’re playing with fire, do you recognise that?

ZG:I think he is playing with fire. I don’t think there is anything more divisive in playing the race card when clearly unambiguously it does not apply. It’s very obvious what I was referring to when I described him as a radical candidate, as part of a radical process which has enveloped the Labour Party and taken our politics in an extraordinary direction. We have now an opposition party that is more extreme than anytime in our lifetime…and he’s part of that process.

Gloves off…

Sadiq’s Each Way Bet

SADIQ-GAMBLINGSadiq Khan is trying to make an issue of Zac’s stake in bookmakers Fitzdares – as disclosed in his register of interests ever since he became an MP. The claim being that Zac’s interest in gambling makes him unsuitable to be mayor of a city where the number of betting shops on our high streets has become a political issue. Unfortunately anti-gambling Sadiq previously voted to introduce super casinos to the UK’s cities… 

Sadiq is currently 4/5 favourite by a sliver at the bookies over Zac at 11/10. Guido recommends you hold on to your money for now, those odds could change… 

Tories Launch SadiqWatch.com

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Gloves are off for the London mayoral campaign with a new hard-hitting SadiqWatch.com site from CCHQ. The site’s launch video highlights a series of policy flip-flops from slippery Sadiq. Not least of course trying to desperately distance himself from Jeremy Corbyn. Despite relying on the votes of Corbynista supporters of the man he nominated to lead the Labour Party….

Boris Causes Minor Diplomatic Incident

Things have not gone entirely to plan on Boris’ trip to the West Bank today.

First, a Jewish Chronicle journalist covering the trip alongside British journalists was told by the Palestinians that she could not attend because she is Israeli. Nice.

Then, the Palestinian Prime Minister’s office banned British journalists from attending his meeting with the London Mayor. Palestinian journalists will be allowed to ask questions.

What next? Boris blasted those who want to boycott Israel as “corduroy-jacketed lefties”:

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Comments which led to threats from Palestinians on Twitter of a mass protest and “security concerns” meaning that all Boris’ meetings in the Palestinian territories had to be cancelled. According to LBC’s Tom Swarbrick, who is on the trip, the British press pack have been holed up in their hotel and are now heading back to Jerusalem. Just one problem…

Cripes!

5 Signs Team Corbyn’s Momentum Backing Khan

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There has been some chatter that for electability reasons Sadiq Khan was distancing himself from Jeremy Corbyn – the actual evidence shows the opposite. Corbyn’s core backers are throwing their efforts into putting Khan in City Hall, not just out of gratitude to Sadiq for nominating Jeremy for Labour leader, it is as an essential effort in self preservation. If Khan loses, Corbyn will have demonstrably failed his highest profile electoral test…

The evidence is that the Corbynistas are putting their left-wing muscle behind Khan:

  • Sadiq’s campaign HQ is the TSSA union HQ. The left-wing TSSA union were early backers of Jeremy Corbyn for Leader.
  • The TSSA have seconded a campaign staffer full-time to Sadiq’s campaign.
  • The TSSA gave Khan a £10,000 cash donation.

You might say that it would be unusual for a London tube union to not try and get a Labour candidate for mayor in their pocket. Khan of course publicly says he backs a Night Tube service – as do 78% of London voters – the TSSA oppose it and will naturally want to collect repayment of their favours if Khan wins.  That would not be unexpected, a relatively normal quid pro quo by the corrupt standards of London’s loony left.

That would be if it were not for who else is based in the TSSA building where Sadiq runs his phone banking:

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Momentum Campaign (Services) Limited’s two controlling directors are:

  • Simon Fletcher – Red Ken’s former consigliere and now Corbyn’s chief-of-staff.
  • Jon Lansman the veteran Bennite and key “Jeremy for Leader” campaigner now turned purger-in-chief of Momentum.

Judge Khan’s campaign by the company he keeps….

Boris’ Broadband Scoreboard

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Boris has launched a programme that will rank buildings in London by their connectivity and help businesses understand whether offices will meet their internet needs. Any building that signs up to the Connectivity Ratings Scheme will receive a technical assessment from WiredScore, who run similar programmes across major US cities, and will be ranked against other London buildings in a searchable database.

There is staggering variability in the the quality of broadband connections across London and a culture of property owners not being upfront about just how bad the connectivity in their building is. By creating a voluntary database, Boris hopes to force landlords to compete against each other to make their properties more attractive to tenants. Now to rank them by proximity to Nandos…

It’s Zac

Zac Goldsmith has been selected as the Tory candidate for London mayor. He is said to have stormed it…

UPDATE: He won with 70% of the vote of the pathetically small 9,227 turnout.

Yes We Khan! Sadiq Labour’s Mayoral Candidate

It was Jezza wot won it! Going to be a punchy race…

UPDATE: Full results via LabourList:

First round: Tessa Jowell 26,121 (29.7%) , Sadiq Khan 32, 926 (37.5%), Diane Abbott 14,798 (16.8%), David Lammy 8,255 (9.4%), Christian Wolmar 4,729 (5.4%), Gareth Thomas 1,055 (1.2%)

Second round: Tessa Jowell 26,406 (30.1%), Sadiq Khan 33, 141 (37.8%), Diane Abbott 14, 891 (17%), David Lammy 8, 392 (9.6%), Christian Wolmar 4, 927 (5.6%)

Third round: Tessa Jowell 27,272 (31.3%), Sadiq Khan 34, 813 (40%), Diane Abbott 15,878 (18.2%), David Lammy 9,147 (10.5%)

Fourth round: Tessa Jowell 29, 785 (34.6%), Sadiq Khan 38, 440 (44.7%) , Diane Abbott 17, 784 (20.7%)

Fifth round: Tessa Jowell 33, 573 (41.1%, Sadiq Khan 48,152 (58.95)

UPDATE II: And the first person to congratulate him…

Sadiq Spamming for Votes With Fake Personal Tweets

Spamming fake Twitter DM (direct message) notifications into Labour members inboxes isn’t going to help the little shyster gain authenticity. It will just irritate people. They do say if you can fake authenticity, you have it made. Not sure it is working in Sadiq’s case…

Bow Group Bunfight: Was Zac “Misled”?

Another stunning success for the beleaguered Bow Group. On Monday they announced Zac Goldsmith as the keynote speaker at their summer reception, rather an odd move for a think tank that spends its time condemning Tories who show the slightest ideological impurity as “unconservative“. Three days later, Zac has backed out and pointed the finger at the organisers:

Zac’s campaign chief Nick de Bois says he feels “misled” because the Bow Group billed him as their keynote speaker, telling the Bow Group-friendly Breitbart site:

“Without agreement the Bow group has been misleading attendees and the public, selling the event as a keynote speech – something very different. He will therefore not be taking part.”

Well, was he “misled“? These emails between the Bow Group’s Nic Conner and Zac’s people suggest they didn’t have that much of a problem with it being described as a keynote speech:

From: Nic Conner
To: Team Zac
4th August 12:46

I will call to order at 18:55 with the Chairman’s address at 19:00. We then aim to give Zac a chance to give his keynote at 19:10 for 15 minutes then 10 minuets [sic] of questions from the floor… After Zac has taken selfies and shaken hands I suspect he will be out the door by 20:00.

From: Team Zac
To: Nic Conner
4th August 16:06

Thanks Nic. The timings of 7-8pm look fine. Please could I make some small amends? In short, fine for the chairman to give opening remarks. Could it then go to Nick de Bois as Zac’s campaign chairman to give a couple of short remarks and set the scene as a former MP, and then Zac can give a speech of between 5-10 minutes and chair his own Q&A? If we then aim for 7:30pm for Zac to mingle.

Perhaps someone had a quiet word in Zac’s ear that the Bow Group might not be his ideological allies…

Look to the Evans: Suzanne Running For Mayor

Suzanne Evans tells Iain Dale:

“I have thrown my hat into the ring to apply to be UKIP candidate for Mayor of London and or an London assembly member. Let’s be realistic, I don’t think London is going to have a UKIP mayor any time soon. But I think it’s time for London to have a different view, a different approach. I think there are a growing amount of people in London who want to see things from a UKIP perspective.”

Also in the running for the UKIP nomination is Culture spokesman Peter Whittle, as revealed by Guido last week.

Guido also hears that Richard Hendron, organiser of UKIP’s Gay Pride contingent, is also throwing his hat into the ring. Suzanne says she reckons she is Nige’s candidate…

Purple Goes Pink for UKIP Mayoral Race

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UKIP don’t have a great reputation amongst the gay community after campaigning against marriage equality and even blaming floods on gay sinners.

So good news that their Culture Spokesman Peter Whittle is highly likely to be the party’s candidate for Mayor of London.

Guido hears the think tank boss / Westminster legend is a shoo-in to win the internal contest, and is ready to take the fight from the right to Zac.

Gay Pride would be hard pushed to pull off a similar stunt in banning UKIP next year, should Whittle be on the ballot. The short-list will be whittled down soon…

London Assembly: Climate Change will Destroy our Economy

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The London Assembly’s crack “Economy Committee” have today released their hotly anticipated reportWeathering the Storm: The Impact of Climate Change on London’s Economy” and it makes for a cracking read. Stunning revelations in the report include:

  • Lots of small and medium sized businesses don’t have plans in place to deal with extreme weather conditions
  • Most FTSE 100 firms have no strategy in place to adapt to climate change
  • Lots of people still invest in fossil fuels

According to the Committee, this means London’s economy will be devastated by the coming “flooding, drought, heatwaves“.[…] Read the rest

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