Sadiq Khan doesn’t seem to know what his job is. The Mayor of London announced on Thursday morning that he was setting up a review to examine whether cannabis should be legalised. Just a few hours later, the Home Secretary Priti Patel reminded him that ‘the mayor has no powers to legalise drugs’. Duh. Labour didn’t seem that happy either. Yvette Cooper also gave Khan a ticking off, saying that the national party already had a policy and, no, they wouldn’t be pushing for legalisation. So please be quiet Sadiq.
But we all know what the mayor was really up to. Sadiq Khan wants attention. He wants to be a national politician by using a local politician’s platform. Yes, London is a global city, but the powers that the mayor actually has are limited to things like getting a few more houses built (which he’s failed to do) and keeping tube fares down (again, fail).
Khan doesn’t seem that interested in this stuff. He’d rather jet off to LA to ‘start a conversation’ about the merits of legalising weed. Given the mayor does actually have some control over the Met Police, and given London’s crime stats are all going in the wrong direction, legalisation is clearly good for one person: Sadiq Khan. But don’t worry, important things like crime are someone else’s problem, probably Cressida Dick’s, the first female Metropolitan Police Commissioner, booted by Khan over, errr, concerns about women’s rights. Classic Sadiq.
No doubt the mayor has a lot more time on his hands now his relentless campaign for a second Brexit referendum has failed and arch-nemesis Donald Trump – who, you’ll remember, Khan said was ‘not welcome’ in London – is no longer the US president.