I AM appealing to every Conservative and every Londoner who values truth and honesty to vote for Laurence Fox as the capital’s mayor tomorrow.
Only a politician not in hock to the existing political parties – as both Labour incumbent Sadiq Khan and Tory candidate Shaun Bailey are – which are now discredited and tainted beyond redemption, can speak the truth that London’s recovery rests on, without fear or favour.
As Andrew Cadman pointed out on TCW on Monday, Fox and his Reclaim Party may now be the underdogs, but Fox has the passion and the policies to build a formidable movement for change.
If London is to recover from the catastrophic combination of Khan’s term in office and the cost of the Conservatives’ excessive and avoidable lockdown, it needs truth, not lies, from its mayor.
Between Khan’s wasted money and divisive wokery on the one hand, and the destructiveness of the Tory coronavirus strategy, Labour and Conservatives have done their best to kill our capital.
No wonder that for the first time London, home to a much younger population than the rest of the country, has been hit harder than other regions during the government-induced pandemic panic.
Along with the South East, the capital accounted for a third of the closures of all shops in 2020 and – unsurprisingly – its ‘reliance on international business activity, travellers and tourism has revealed an acute vulnerability’.
Caught between the lockdown zealotry of the Johnson and Khan administrations, London’s young and their employment prospects have been dealt a fatal blow.
This is the first challenge facing the next mayor – reversing London’s fortunes from this officially-driven destruction. The second is rescuing it from Khan’s hideous social sabotage. Frank Lawton set out its parameters in a recent article for CapX.
In sum, on Sadiq’s watch, robbery went up 73 per cent, street muggings up 56 per cent and homicides up 34 per cent. No surprise then that 62 per cent of Londoners think Khan is weak on crime.
Transport reliability also went down on his watch. Transport for London’s budget tanked, while ‘rates of housebuilding and tree-planting are shameful’.
Most damning in this catalogue of failure is the number of murders in the capital – 149 last year, the highest figure since 2008, with knife crime at an historic high.
It is on ‘this miserable record’ that Khan should be judged in tomorrow’s mayoral election. Make no mistake, underlying his incompetence is a dangerously divisive and deceitful man.
As Frank acutely observes, Khan leveraged his identity to signify a set of false values as London’s values. They are not. Undermining Brexit undermined London. Trashing Trump helped trash a trade deal with the US.
Far from uniting Londoners in a common and shared heritage, Khan has done his best to ‘cancel’ the capital and wipe out its past, leaving nothing to cohere around or belong to.
These are the untruths that Laurence Fox is challenging and has pledged to confront. He is not the only candidate to challenge this chicanery – David Kurten of the Heritage Party has too. But the fact is that only Fox has the clout, charisma and the communication skills to punch the message through. And you can count on him to tell it like it is.
What of Shaun Bailey? He’s a man who once looked to be able to challenge the Establishment. But the Establishment adopted him and emasculated him.
He has not taken on Khan in a way that was needed. He has not walked towards the fire. That would have meant dissociating himself from his own party’s would-be woke authoritarian agenda. He has not done so.
If you want London free from the shackles of the corrupt two-party system, then you must vote for Fox for mayor and Reform UK for the Assembly.
Don’t be so sure that Kahn is on course for the big win that confident Left-leaning commentators predict. He is not as popular with Londoners as they might like you to think.
Witness a caller introduced as Rajith, who told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham that Khan is trying to destroy the history of the capital. Graham agreed and warned the mayor that he does not own the heritage of the city.
And there will be many more who won’t be voting for a mayor who’ll waste their money on another four years of climate change virtue signalling
Don’t waste your vote. Vote for principle, not party power. Vote for the only man prepared and able to drain the swamp – Laurence Fox.