When I was growing up I couldn’t figure out why anyone would want to live anywhere but London. Dr. Johnson’s quote was branded on fashion accessories, I recall: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”.
Well, there’s an argument to be made about me being tired of modern life, certainly. But either way, Dr. Johnson’s quote simply doesn’t hold true anymore.
Today, London elects its first, demonstrably Islamist-sympathetic Mayor.
The Mayoralty of the city is a farce to begin with. The product of a major error of Margaret Thatcher’s when she sought in the short term to deal with the socialists at the Greater London Council (GLC). Alas, she was not perfect.
And those same hard-Leftists have infiltrated London’s new institutions at every level. When Nazi-obsessive Ken Livingstone was in charge, he famously forced the Greater London Authority (GLA) – the institutional bastard child of the GLC – to order 40 copies of the hard-left Morning Star newspaper every day, probably doubling the paper’s readership overnight.
He was a man who had battled against Mrs. Thatcher in the 1980s, and she foresaw his aspirations when she declared that he was keen “To impose upon this nation a tyranny which the peoples of Eastern Europe yearn to cast aside”.
And Sadiq Khan – crowned today the mayor of London’s exploding, almost 50 per cent foreign-born population – is one of Mr. Livingstone’s old pals. He was known for stuffing the GLA with his…