Mike Graham: Sadiq Khan needs to ‘pull his finger out’

Thursday, March 19, 2020

talkRADIO’s Mike Graham has urged London Mayor Sadiq Khan to drop the capital’s congestion charge as many Londoner’s swap public transport for cars.

Speaking on his show this morning, he had many questions over the realities of what he has called “the point of no return” as drastic measures continue against coronavirus.

He said: “It would be nice if Sadiq Khan actually pulled his finger out of his backside and decided to actually cut down on the congestion charge.

“It might be nice as well, if he gave a thought to all of those people driving around in black cabs to see what they are going to be doing.”

Boris Johnson and his Cabinet ministers have been holding daily press conferences, each day imposing new restrictions and promising financial support to businesses and individuals.

But as London prepares for a potential “lockdown” and business owners face unprecedented financial strain, Mike has asked “what exactly is going on”.

He asked: “How are people supposed to access the money the government has promised to pay them?

“What are taxi drivers supposed to do to reclaim any lost revenue?

“How exactly are bars and restaurants supposed to cope without any customers?

“It’s all very well for Rishi Sunak to get up in the House of Commons and meetings in front of the press and the world to say we’ve got £350 billion to give away - well let’s have it! Where is it?How do we get it?

The Chancellor announced on Tuesday that he would do “whatever it takes” to sustain the economy as the world grapples with the effects of Covid-19.

His measures included £330 billion of government-backed loans, as well as funding grants, business rates breaks and mortgage holidays.

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