Jul 132018


“Outside the realm of writing his own press releases and the TV interviews, he is underachieving badly.” So said The Spectator,  HERE.

Khan prefers to act like the shadow cabinet member he once was, using the job mainly as a platform to build his personal profile and attack the government. It wasn’t me, Miss, it was the Tories!

But Khan is not in opposition. He is in office, the holder of substantial powers and responsibilities, and there is a limit to how long he can carry on blaming all London’s problems on others.

Khan’s popularity is dwindling. Now 30 per cent of Londoners think he is doing a bad job, particularly among poor people, who suffer most in a badly managed city.  

It’s a bit unfair to blame Khan for terrorism. But Trump is right on crime: knife crime really is a problem, public services are suffering, and Khan is doing nothing about it.

President Trump has an unthinking genius for sniffing out weakness, and he’s unthinkingly sniffed it out in Sadiq Khan.

“I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad. I look at cities in Europe, and I can be specific if you’d like. You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He has done a terrible job.

“I think he has not been hospitable to a government that is very important. Now he might not like the current President, but I represent the United States.”
Most people’s knowledge of Khan is limited to favourable snapshots: lantern-jawed TV clips after terror attacks, or encounters with the kind of enemies anyone would kill for. Every ding-dong with Donald Trump, Chris Grayling or a far-right turniphead disrupting one of his speeches is political gold for him.

Khan also benefits from two important hopes held by most decent people: that Britain’s multi-faith society should succeed, and that Labour should be rescued from the claws of the hard left. At the same time it’s assumed he speaks for Londoners on Brexit — Londoners who are happy only because the regressive impacts of his policies haven’t bitten yet (the bus cuts, for instance).

But it’s also because the Tories are so useless. Khan’s underperformance — along with the gift that is Momentum- gives him access to bash President Trump to distract Londoners from the Khan problem list, ….and it’s a long list.