Sadiq Khan bikini blimp approved to fly over Parliament Square

Balloon designer: Michella Dos Santos & Illustrator: Denis Luncan

Balloon designer: Michella Dos Santos & Illustrator: Denis Luncan

Thursday, August 30, 2018

A giant blimp depicting Sadiq Khan in a yellow bikini has been approved to fly over Parliament Square in London on September 1. 

The Sadiq Khan 'beach body ready' blimp smashed it's crowdfunding target after a page was set up in response to the London Mayor allowing the 'Trump Baby' blimp to fly over London during the US President's UK visit. 

It will fly between 9.30am and 11.30am this Saturday during a demonstration against the rising levels of violent crime in London. 

Organiser of the blimp, and the Make London Safe Again protest, Yanny Bruere tweeted: “It’s OFFICIAL. The balloon WILL fly. Saturday 9.30am at Parliament Square. @SadiqKhan had no choice in the end.”

The crowdfunding page for the blimp smashed it's initial target and has currently raised over £58,000. 

The blimp, which has the London Mayor dressed in a yellow bikini, is poking fun at the London Mayor's decision to ban 'Are you beach body ready?' adverts on the London Underground. 

Khan defended his decision to allow the Trump Baby blimp to fly, saying: "I shouldn't be the arbiter, as a politician, of what's in good taste or bad taste, what's important is it to be peaceful, and for it to be safe.

"And, frankly speaking, the idea that we limit the rights to protest, we limit the rights to free speech because it may cause offence to a foreign leader is a very, very slippery slope."

Talking to the Daily Mail, Bruere said: 'It's ridiculous that he talked about the importance of freedom of speech when he gave permission for London to insult the President of the United States while imposing censorship himself upon the lives of ordinary Londoners.

'He would never have given permission for that balloon if it ridiculed Barack Obama.

'It feels like freedom of speech only applies if you have views deemed acceptable by our governing bodies.

'That's what I wanted to put to the test, as well as providing a voice for those in despair at the crime statistics in the capital since Khan took charge.

'But he couldn't really turn this down when he'd made such a big deal of Trump.'