Shapps Refers Sadiq to Electoral Commission for Revealing Elizabeth Line Opening Date

Away from the Beergate saga, Grant Shapps and Sadiq Khan have ended up in exactly the kind of “mudslinging” match Sir Keir has promised to avoid this past week. After Transport for London announced today that the Elizabeth Line would finally open on 24th May, Grant Shapps launched a scathing attack on the Mayor of London for allegedly breaching pre-election purdah rules, which limit communications and policy announcements leading up to voting day. Accusing Sadiq of “breathtaking… cynicism”, Shapps railed against Khan for his political loco-motive, and referred him to the Electoral Commission for investigation… 

Sadiq immediately pushed back, however, by insisting he “wasn’t going to get into mudslinging” with Shapps… only to do exactly that by calling him a “sourpuss“, and claiming he “needs to grow up”. It’s the last day of the campaign. Maybe they both just needed to let off some steam…


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Tube Facemask Rules Ending Tomorrow

TfL has announced the mask mandate on all its services will finally end from tomorrow, albeit with the inevitable caveat that they will still be “strongly recommend”. This follows Sadiq’s comments that he ‘expected’ the rule to be lifted following the government’s ending of all legal Covid restrictions at the same time – now TfL have officially confirmed it. Full steam ahead…

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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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Cash-Strapped TfL to Award £12 Million in Bonuses to Top Bosses

Cash-strapped Transport for London – which has received almost £5 billion in bailout grants from the Government and still has £2 billion gap to plug in order to break even – is offering £12 million a year in bonuses to top executives to stop staff departures. However, bonuses will only be paid when TfL is entirely self-sufficient in terms of its day-to-day operations. That isn’t expected to happen until April 2023…

A paper seen by the TfL’s remuneration committee explains that if TfL meets 75% of its targets  bonuses to top execs would cost TfL £9,354,36. The maximum scorecard achievement of 100% would earn top execs the staggering £12,155,315 figure. 

A TfL spokesperson said:

“Following a suspension of senior management payment awards in the last financial year, the Remuneration Committee has agreed by Chair’s Action to implement a revised performance award arrangement for 2021/22 and 2022/23.”

In the meantime Sadiq Khan has called on the Government to better fund TfL and help it recover from the pandemic. TfL is splashing £12 million on executive handouts whilst asking for more taxpayer funded bailouts…

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100,000+ Petition Sadiq Khan to Reinstate the Night Tube

A petition calling for Sadiq Khan to reinstate the night tube has reached 105,815 signatures, at the time of going to pixel. The petition set up by Ella Watson, an intern at UN women, slams Khan’s decision to keep the night tube closed over the winter of 2021/22 claiming that it will have a “disproportionate impact on women” who risk harassment whilst walking home at night “and low-income groups” who cannot afford to travel home in taxis. Khan’s budget problems, rather than the pandemic, explain why the night tube can’t be reopened.

The petition adds that over 70% of women in the UK have experienced sexual harassment in public and references the recent, tragic, and high-profile murders of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard which she claims “epitomises the fear women face of walking alone or standing on the streets in the evening and at night”. The petition calls on Sadiq Khan as well as Boris Johnson, tube boss Andy Byford, Grant Shapps, and Elizabeth Truss to “take responsibility for women’s public safety and reopen the night tube this winter”. 

A spokesperson for Sadiq Khan says the mayor is committed to re-opening the service “as quickly as possible”. No date has been set for when the night tube will be rolling again… 

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Sadiq Mandates Tube Mask-Wearing for the Rest of Time

The government’s impending end to facemask laws faces a major upset today as Sadiq Khan intervenes to force mask-wearing on all TfL services. The continued mask mandate will be a “condition of carriage”, meaning TfL customers will enter into a contract with them to abide by their rules. According to amateur epidemiologist Sadiq, the mask requirement will be maintained “as long as the virus is still with us”. So forever then…

Sadiq’s new rules mean party-going young people will have to wear a mask on a potentially quiet tube carriage, then be allowed to remove them when entering a rammed nightclub.

Guido’s not sure why Sadiq thinks he now has a grasp on Covid science given his past record. At the start of the pandemic he told Piers Morgan with total conviction that there is no risk” of catching the virus on the tube. A week later he launched an “enhanced cleaning regime”, a less-than-useful exercise given the nature of a primarily airborne virus.

In June, Sadiq then hailed victory after the government brought in the mask mandate, claiming credit for lobbying for the change – despite, as he’s today proved, having been able to introduce mask requirements at any time regardless of government policy. As he’s made clear throughout the pandemic, Sadiq continues to decide policy based entirely on how it will look PR-wise among his voters…

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