His manifesto could create headaches for Sadiq Khan with progressive policies like a cap on the price of croissants.
The Good Morning Britain presenter was speaking after a weekend of violence in the capital.
Boris Johnson has refused to jump to London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s defence after Donald Trump attacked him on Twitter. The former London Mayor and current Foreign Secretary was asked about President Trump’s criticism of Mr Khan’s response to the London Bridge terror attack. After initially saying Mr Khan was “entirely right” to make a statement after the attacks where he tried to comfort and calm down Londoners, Mr Johnson was then asked about President Trump’s state visit invite.
Donald Trump has continued his war of words against the London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the aftermath of the London Bridge terror attacks. Stepping up his war of words with Mr Khan, the President branded the mayor’s response to the atrocity as “pathetic”. It follows a series of tweets on Sunday in which Mr Trump said it was time to “stop being politically correct”.
Boris Johnson had a bit of a false start on his first trip as Foreign Secretary when his plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Luton Airport. The former London Mayor, who was a surprise appointment to Theresa May’s new cabinet last week, was on his way to Brussels for a major charm offensive. A Foreign Office spokesman said: “There was a technical issue on the RAF flight on Sunday afternoon carrying the Foreign Secretary and his officials from London to Brussels that required the aircraft to land at Luton Airport.
Boris for all his faults, is no ape. Routinely late for meetings and often woefully unprepared on the subject he has come to talk about, Boris has developed a knack for winging his way through his political career. As mayor of London, he relied heavily on a team of competent deputies and advisers to run the show, while he dashed from photo shoot to photo shoot, cheerfully taking credit for the hard work done by City Hall’s army of bureaucrats.
The announcement today of Sadiq Khan’s top team, suggests he is unlikely to repeat the same mistakes made by his predecessor Boris Johnson when he first became mayor. When Johnson first entered City Hall, many of his more senior appointments were foisted on him by those around David Cameron, who were nervous about Boris making a mess of his early days in the job. In a rush to make sure Boris didn’t embarrass the leadership, a transition team led by close Cameron ally Nick Boles were imposed on him to help hire his senior staffers.
“This feels like 1997,” an aide to Sadiq Khan says as he stands in glorious sunshine in the garden of Southwark Cathedral. Minutes earlier, London’s first Muslim mayor had signed his declaration of office during a ceremony overlooked by the Bishop of Southwark and Doreen Lawrence, mother of the murdered black teenager Stephen. “I grew up on a council estate just a few miles from here,” Khan told the audience inside the cathedral.
While all the public polls have shown Khan with a healthy lead over his rival Zac Goldsmith, Labour are worried that a low turnout in inner London could benefit the Tories and rob Khan of victory. Both Labour and Tory activists have reported widespread disinterest among voters on the doorstep. This voter apathy has been compounded by Goldsmith’s attempts to link Khan to Islamic extremists in an attempt to depress his support among Labour voters.
Bookies suggest that Sadiq Khan has a more than 90% chance of becoming the next London mayor, while pollsters estimate he has a lead of anything between 10 and 20 percentage points over his Conservative rival, once second preferences are taken into account. “I don’t believe the polls,” one source close to Khan told me. Labour’s pessimism is partly based on what activists are telling them.
There are around four million women living in London, but the city’s mayoral elections have so far been totally dominated by men. Whether it was Ken Livingstone and Steve Norris in 2000 and 2004, the Boris and Ken show in 2008 and 2012, or the Zac and Sadiq show in 2016, London politics has often felt like a game for men only. Neither of the two main parties in London have ever fielded a female mayoral candidate.
Now he has declared pop music is a world peopled by idiots in an era of “atrocity and carnage”. The singer, below, lashed the state of pop music and admitted he finds it a world that is “very difficult” to be a part of because it’s saturated with “stupid people”. Former Smiths frontman Morrissey, real name Steven Patrick Morrissey, wrote in a lengthy note posted at the weekend on his fan website true-to-you.net: ‘It’s very difficult for me, I think, to live now, in this electronic age of atrocity.
Sadiq Khan tells journalists he’s “quietly confident” of becoming the next London mayor. In the wake of polls showing the Labour candidate up to ten points ahead, after second preferences, Khan has taken to speaking at hustings about what he’ll do in his second and even third term as London mayor. Khan has a history of exceeding low expectations.
The claws have finally come out for Boris Johnson. After eight years in which he has been treated as little more than a comic figure to be occasionally gently prodded, Boris is finally feeling the sharp end of the stick. From the second he made his announcement, the coverage of the London mayor immediately changed.
Now professional miserabilist Morrissey has announced he wants to replace Boris Johnson as mayor of the capital to save animals from “Nazi”-style slaughter in abattoirs. After being approached by the Animal Welfare Party, the ex-frontman of The Smiths says he wants to speak out against the “hellish social injustice” perpetrated against animals in Britain. Morrissey would make animals a priority.
According to the press, Boris Johnson has “electrified” the EU referendum campaign, with his backing for Leave a “major boost” to the campaign. Will millions of voters sitting in Yorkshire and Glasgow, Cardiff and Bristol, suddenly decide to support leaving the EU simply because the mayor of London tells them to? This fact has since been used to imply that the mayor of London could lead a third of the electorate, some 15 million people, to switch their vote in the referendum.
Boris Johnson’s announcement that he will back leaving the EU was obviously taken purely for his own political gain. But despite this, it will probably do more to boost his career prospects than anything else he has done since becoming London mayor. Meanwhile his aspiring Conservative successor for London mayor Zac Goldsmith took the opposite choice. Over the weekend Goldsmith also backed Leave but unlike his predecessor he did so purely out of a long-held political principle.
In the past week there has been a slew of stories attempting to link Labour’s London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan to Islamic extremists. The stories, which appeared in multiple newspapers within days of each other, seek to associate Khan with the views of other people he has either briefly met, been loosely related to, or in one case merely seen in the distance. The Evening Standard were the first to attempt to make a link between Khan and extremists.
There have been numerous reports in recent months that Zac Goldsmith has been slow to reach out to the London business community. Last month a number of senior business leaders told the Financial Times that Goldsmith had failed to engage with them since launching his campaign. By contrast Sadiq Khan has gone to great lengths to win over the city, often to the dismay of some of his Labour supporters.
London’s mayoral election campaign is currently bogged down in an apparently endless row about the cost of fares on the London Underground. Labour’s Sadiq Khan argues that Tube fares are far too expensive and has promised to freeze their cost for the next four years. Khan also claims that the Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith has “secret plans” to raise fares above inflation for four years.