WHY LONDONERS SHOULD NOT VOTE FOR SADIQ KHAN ON MAY 5TH
I joined Labour in 1997 because they’d shown they could be trusted with the British economy. Blair and Brown believed in a strong private sector. They knew you could only afford to pay for good schools and a decent NHS if you let businesses get on with delivering jobs and growth. Sure, the party had some loony lefties; one of them even became Mayor of London. But with that one exception, they weren’t in a position to do any damage.
lost power, and after five years of Miliband the anti-business rot set
in. It’s why I tore up my membership card after the General
Election. I did it long before Corbyn was elected as the new leader. I,
like many others, didn’t see him coming but wow, was I right to run never mind
walk away?! Now, under Corbyn, the lunatics have truly taken over the
asylum. His ambition is to drag
There is one politician who’s responsible for what’s happened to the party. Labour’s candidate for London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. Khan ran Ed Miliband’s leadership campaign. He was in the room when Miliband turned on people like me, attacking the country’s largest employers as ‘predators’, as well as Corbyn who famously called Britain’s businesses the real enemy.
Khan was one
of the most senior Labour politicians to nominate Corbyn for leader.
Without Khan’s endorsement, Corbyn would never have made it onto the
ballot. He’s confirmed that Corbyn will be an asset to his campaign to become
Mayor, and admitted Corbyn’s supporters will help him get elected. Khan has
never voted against Corbyn in Parliament since Corbyn became leader. The point
being, no one should be fooled by Khan’s stance that he will be totally independent
as mayor of
I would say Khan
has single-handedly wrecked the Labour Party, and now he’s turning his finely
honed judgment on the great city of
Funnily enough, such ‘friends’ of free enterprise as Ken Livingstone and the Socialist Workers’ Party have given him their backing, and Corbyn’s private army of left-wing fanatics are out knocking on doors on his behalf.
pick up that kind of support if you’re offering sensible, realistic policies.
So I thought I’d take a look at Khan’s plan for
Then another genius idea relates to housing policy. This consists of asking developers to build new homes at a loss. Khan’s plan is to grant consent to developers only if they agree to build 50% as genuine affordable housing. Well this sounds all very nice, but it’s another false promise that won’t happen. Commercially it doesn’t work. Yes you can introduce this new regulation but the effect will be that no development takes place, meaning no jobs for construction workers and no commercial incentive for employers to employ a whole spectrum of staff. The bottom line is: 50% of nothing is nothing.
Khan is proposing to bring the unions into City Hall to help advise him on business. What do they know about business? It’s Groundhog Day all over again. Ken Livingstone ran for election on an almost identical platform. The result was higher Council Tax, unions in the driving seat, housing targets missed, fares going up and a massive waste of taxpayers’ money.
missing the point. As far as I can tell, Khan’s main offer to
On May 5th I would strongly urge Londoners not to vote for Khan.