👉🏾Communities should make decisions, not mobs
👉🏾 Statues should end up in museums, not seabeds
👉🏾 We need to be building more monuments to showcase our present day role models, not cutting ourselves off from our past
This is a thread about history, what it means to live in a civilised society and why @SadiqKhan 's hastily announced commission to tear down statues and rename roads across London is both a dangerous and divisive idea.
London has historically been an international city, and that means we have an international history.
I'm proud for example that Parliament Square hosts statues not only of British leaders, but international giants like Gandhi, Lincoln and Mandela.
As expected, @SadiqKhan is now running to the Government for a bailout of TfL, where Khan serves as Chairman.
On one level it makes sense - the coronavirus is hammering fare revenues.
But that’s not all of the story. Far from it. #thread 1/12
When Sadiq Khan became Mayor, TfL had healthy finances. That he is now asking the Government for a bailout of £3.2 bn - i.e. far in excess of the impact of COVID - is evidence of four years of bad management, not simply the impacts of this horrible disease.
What do I mean? 2/12
In 2014, TfL was told by the government that it would have to become ‘self-sufficient’.
The then Mayor, one @BorisJohnson, identified £12bn of savings to start. Another £4bn would have put the service on a sustainable footing over the long haul. 3/12
A twenty-minute wait for the next tube — if you manage to get on. A carriage so overcrowded that you’ve got no hope of social distancing. And then a rush to your hospital, your police station, your school.
We’re asking key staff to put their health on the line at work. Why are we forcing them to put their health on the line during the commute?
It’s obvious that London’s public transport is failing the people who need it most — doctors and nurses, police officers and teachers. The very same people we need the most.
With Corbynism now a smoking ruin, Sadiq Khan is frantically trying to distance himself from the Corbyn project. I say not so fast. Let’s take a look at Khan’s record on this: (THREAD)
Sadiq Khan was one of the 35 MPs who nominated Jeremy Corbyn to be leader of the Labour Party. He even tweeted “Good to see @jeremycorbyn has made it onto the ballot for next @UKLabour leader.”
Khan knew in 2015 that Corbyn had a long association with bad actors like Hezbollah and the IRA, and that Corbyn was far-left on the economy. The measure of the man was known. Then again, Khan needed to win selection in London.