With defeat almost certain, it’s easy to see why no ‘big names’ wanted to put themselves forward but Shaun Bailey, one of two London Assembly members standing for the candidacy, has also the least impressive so far.
Dial-A-Ride users finally have some good news – the decrepit and ancient fleet on minibuses the scheme relies on is finally being upgraded thanks to the incoming Ultra Low Emission Zone.
It’s been suggested to me that the party should accept this, not waste an eager contender who might have a chance if there’s no incumbent in 2024 and instead run a heavy hitter who’d accept their job was just to put on as good a show as possible.
Instead of getting whipped up into a frenzy over the restatement of a decade-old ambition and twice inherited policy, critics might better spend their time asking what Team Khan have done in the previous two years to realise their ambitions.
While the intent behind the rules is to stop politicians pumping out tax funded PR which might help sway voters, when applied to a strategic scrutiny body such as the Assembly, the actual impact is to impede the public challenging of top decision makers at agencies such as Transport for London and the Met Police.