Ha...!!! Sadiq Khan is incompetent.... So, what does that make Boris Johnson...??
A bit of pointing and sputtering there Jenny. You often resort to haranguing Boris like I or anyone else cares. Boris is a severe disappointment in my opinion and should be removed but we probably don't agree on our reasoning. Khan has indeed been re-elected but I think there was a strategic decision to field crap opponents to him so that he would remain in place. London is a total mess that will be very difficult to fix and having that pillock in charge will keep sharp focus on blaming him for all the problems. The Tories don't need responsibility for London on their plates as well as everything else at the moment. Lets get Covid out of the way and Crossrail up and running before tackling London mayoral issues.
Of course, the difference between you and I is that I know London. I don't know where you live but from your comments I could reasonably presume you live somewhere with a traditionally negative attitude of the city. You believe all you read in the Tory press and follow it slavishly. A Daily Express Disciple..?
I live within commuting distance of London. I love visiting London, the sites, the history, the entertainment, the sport. I really love the London Underground, it is a magnificent feat of engineering especially when you consider how long ago the major routes were constructed. There is a lot to like about London and its only 30 minutes away by train.
The problem I couched in my OP was related to the political landscape. I am sure that you picked up on that but decided to launch into an irrelevant volley of criticism and accusation about sorting Londoner's out when what I actually said was London needing sorting out with reference to the local politics. You knew that though didn't you?
FYI I don't purchase newspapers and rarely read them, I don't watch TV news any more and rarely watch any terrestrial TV. Why do you resort to stereotyping people? Is it because you cannot comprehend how ordinary, decent people could possibly have views that differ from your own? You say you are a political activist and as such I would suggest you have been sensitised to anything that falls outside of your orthodoxy and automatically assume it is far right extremism. You need to expand your friendship groups and perhaps it is you that should give up the printed media and MSM - it will purify you and you will feel much better - trust me.
We were in London a couple of weeks ago visiting my family for the first time in over a year. We had a lovely visit. We stayed for a week and in that time we took our daughter to do the tourist places. Buck House..... Regents Park zoo.... The Tower.... all that sort of stuff, now that she's old enough to appreciate these things. During our visit we also had evenings out with my parents and sisters. We even had one night out on the gay scene. It's there. You just have to know where to look. We had a great time that, outside of London and Brighton, is, despite the advances of the last twenty years or so, still quite difficult for LGBT's to find in any quantity.
While in London we used public transport and lo an behold, it was fine. We suffered no crime, surprise surprise. People didn't hassle us. Shopkeepers and street vendors were courteous and civil. Everybody we met seemed happy and contented with their lot. And so what if there are "brown faces" on the streets...? So what if some people speak in their native language..? Do Britons living in Spain converse with each other in Spanish...? I don't think so. But brown faces and foreign tongues are not a big deal to Londoners. We've lived with it since the Romans came and put a city there in the first place...!! Sheesh....!!
I'm really happy that you had a nice time in London, as I said there is so much to see and do and the transport links are generally superb. I have no interest in the gay scene so I wouldn't look for it myself. However, you cannot get away from the facts, here are the London Crime Stats for 2021
As you can see there is lots of theft and petty crime and there is a good chance of having your bike stolen. But the stand out figures with by far the greatest number of reported crimes by some considerable margin is the category for violent crime.
Who is committing all that violence?
What is driving it?