While London Mayor Sadiq Khan toured the U.S. last week on a five-day vanity tour with multiple photo ops, you might have thought all was under control at home.
But nothing could be further from the truth. As the man who doubles as the capital’s Police and Crime Commissioner attended an event promoting the musical Six on Monday in New York — where Democrat Mayor Eric Adams described him as a ‘rock star’ — mayhem hit London’s streets.
In a matter of hours, there were three stabbings — a 29-year-old man in Fulham, a 16-year-old boy in North London and a 28-year-old man outside a primary school in Ilford.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan walks through cannabis plants which are being legally cultivated at ‘Traditional’, a licensed factory in Los Angeles
On Tuesday, as Khan pitched a baseball in Central Park for the cameras, in London a woman in her 40s was stabbed in the street.
On Wednesday, Khan paid a controversial visit to a Los Angeles cannabis farm as part of his drive to legalise the drug back home.
On that very day, a man in his 30s was stabbed to death in Barnet.
Then on Friday, when he was in Hollywood, a 17-year-old was knifed in East London.
The week before Khan’s ludicrous exercise in self-promotion there were three knife killings in the capital in four days.
Khan, who has slapped a record 8.8 per cent council tax rise on Londoners, also met Hillary Clinton, the former Democratic presidential candidate, and chat show host James Corden.
No wonder the Tories want the costs of the trip made public.
It was Boris Johnson who dubbed Sir Keir Starmer ‘Captain Hindsight’ for his criticisms of the PM’s decisions in the early days of the Covid crisis. Now, after being ensnared in the ever-worsening Beergate, the Labour leader has earned another military nickname, courtesy of Tory backbencher Andrew Bridgen: ‘Major Hypocrite.’
Takes one to know one, Alastair!
Tony Blair’s pugnacious former spin doctor Alastair Campbell has written the foreword to a new Labour pamphlet, Lessons From A Landslide, on what it takes to win elections.
Campbell doesn’t hold back: ‘When you reflect on the outcome of the last 11 general elections from a Labour perspective, you get a sense of the scale of the task facing Keir Starmer. Lost, lost, lost, lost, Blair, Blair, Blair, lost, lost, lost, lost.’
To succeed, the paper recommends Sir Keir must ‘neutralise’ claims he is part of the ‘London Remainer elite’.
Alastair knows what he’s talking about. After all, he is the self-styled poster boy of London’s Remoaner luvvies.
Alastair Campbell has written the foreword to a new Labour pamphlet, Lessons From A Landslide, on what it takes to win elections
I’m told that after Tory peer Ed Vaizey failed to secure a place at last week’s State Opening of Parliament, he hoped to rent out his ermine robes. But my mole reports that Vaizey, a former culture minister, was overheard lamenting his failure to clinch a deal. Vaizey has always been keen on making a fast buck. In November 2011, he was reported to have claimed 8p in expenses for a 350-yard car journey.
Ex-Tory minister Esther McVey spoke for many when she tweeted: ‘Wagatha Christie! What on earth are 2 footballers’ wives doing in court, caught up in a who said what to who and who leaked what online! C’mon pick up the phone not a £3 m legal bill. I don’t know who’ll win this libel case but it’s certainly a clear case of more money than sense.’ Hear, hear.
Bojo’s silenced by a space man
Eurovision I: Boris Johnson was lost for words last week in a radio inteview with LBC presenter Nick Ferrari.
‘Are you looking forward to Space Man this weekend?’ Ferrari asked.
Cue a two-second silence until Ferrari followed up: ‘Should we vote for Sam Ryder or Ukraine?’
‘Oh, Sorry’ Boris replied, ‘you’re talking about the Eurovision Song Contest . . . Honestly, Nick!’
Chanel, representing Spain, performs on stage during the Grand Final show of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest
Diplomatically, the PM said he wouldn’t advise people which way to vote and admitted: ‘As you’ve detected by your question, I haven’t listened to any of the songs.’
EUROVISION II: ‘I’m wearing the Spanish outfit right now, how embarrassing,’ tweeted Labour MP Jess Phillips on Saturday night after singer Chanel raised temperatures with her raunchy bodysuit. ‘Me too,’ replied her colleague and MP for Rhondda, Chris Bryant.