Nice try. Sadiq Khan has never provided “proper leadership” from the start of his mayoral tenure. In fact, he is only mayor of London in the first place because of his identity as a Muslim, not because of his competence or his dedication to the people of London.
When Khan became mayor, his Muslim identity was made front and center above all else. According to Time Magazine, Khan became “the most powerful Muslim politician in Europe.”
Khan’s speech upon becoming mayor reflected his commitment to identity politics. He stated: “I’m so proud that London has today chosen hope over fear, and unity over division.” It was pompous, self-important, and divisive of him to assert that London needed to choose a Muslim mayor in order to choose hope and unity.
Khan couldn’t wait to intrude into America’s business and attack Trump for his temporary ban on immigration from several Muslim countries, even though the countries of concern were chosen by Obama. Days after he became mayor, Khan called Trump’s views on Muslims “ignorant,” stating: “Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe: It risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of the extremists.” Trump replied: “He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me.”
Only four months later, after a jihad bomb explosion in New York City, Khan again butted into American affairs, criticizing Trump for stating rightly that it was time to “get tough.” Instead, Khan said that terror attacks were “part and parcel” of life in a big city. Meanwhile, London quickly became a showcase of Khan’s utter failure.
Under his leadership, jihad gangs have proliferated. Acid attacks and knife attacks have soared. Three years after Khan became mayor, a knife crime epidemic struck London, with over 51 murders in 6 months. A Muslim migrant “acid gang” was sentenced following violent, unprovoked attacks on gays. London gangs also included “the Mali Boys,” who were “organised, ruthless and driven by drugs profits.” (Mali is a Muslim country plagued by Islamic rebel groups aiming to impose strict Islamic law upon the country. Those groups include Ansar Dine, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the Signed-in-Blood Battalion, and the Islamic Movement for Azawad.) Somali rape gangs have also victimized girls in London.
With Khan as mayor, London became a cesspool of crime. Jihad preachers speak and recruit freely. An Islamic State jihadist “tried to create jihadist child army in east London,” and Somali parents began sending their children back home to save them from knife attacks in London.
Khan’s incompetent response to crime in London has been a war on free speech, as he warned Facebook and Twitter about “hate speech.”
Now add coronavirus and Black Lives Matter headaches, and Sadiq Khan is ready to admit that he has not provided proper leadership as mayor of London. Yet he doesn’t admit the truth about his failed leadership from day one. He blames it on “bouts of loneliness during lockdown” and now hides behind his “mental health struggle.” How convenient.
“Sadiq Khan admits he has ‘not been providing proper leadership’ as Mayor of London because of bouts of ‘loneliness’ during lockdown as he opens up on his mental health ‘struggle,’” by Henry Martin, MailOnline, June 21, 2020:
Sadiq Khan admitted he has failed to provide ‘proper leadership’ as he opens up about how lockdown has affected his mental health.
The London Mayor said that he was used to stressful situations, but the past 10 or 11 weeks had been ‘the hardest of [his] professional life, in relation to the loneliness’.
‘I’ve found it really tough,’ he said in a interview with The Times. ‘So, for eight weeks I didn’t leave, literally, my home and Tooting Common. That’s it. I thrive on company, on being out and about. And I was struggling.’
When asked if it had affected his mental health, Mr Khan said: ‘I’ve got no doubt it did. In the sense of just feeling a bit down. There are days when I’m not providing proper leadership. I definitely … I felt fragile.’
The interviewer said that when she met the London Mayor in City Hall he had been checking whether his trousers still fit for the occasion – which was only the third time he had put them on in 11 weeks.
Mr Khan added: ‘Being a leader is lonely. And I’ve struggled. I also realised I should feel confident talking about it. I shouldn’t feel that I’ve got to be this alpha male who demonstrates his virility by being superhuman. I’ve got to be honest because, you know, I have struggled.’
When asked if he had cried, Mr Khan admitted he was ‘a cried’ who could ‘cry in a film’.
There had been several times where he had been sad and ‘quite tearful’, he says, and many times where he had felt frustrated and angry. He said he felt angriest that the prime minister had not invited him, in his role of mayor, to Cobra meetings.
Mr Khan was not invited to a meeting until March 16, even though he had written to the health secretary asking to be involved in Covid planning in February. The Mayor said he had no doubt they were keeping him in the dark on purpose.
Speaking on the environmental opportunity the crisis offers the capital, Mr Khan said that, although it was an ‘awful, awful’ virus that led to lockdown, there is a potential silver lining in the possibility of converting Londoners to greener forms of transport like walking and cycling.
On the topic of the protests that have erupted across the world following the killing of George Floyd in America, Mr Khan said he endorsed Black Lives Matter, and he likely would have joined the demonstrations had it not been for coronavirus.
Mr Khan said when he saw police officers at Black Lives Matter protests kneeling in solidarity, he was ‘proud that they had the confidence to express their feelings without worrying about being disciplined’. ….