London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been ridiculed for announcing £25,000 incentives for residents who wish to ‘decolonise’ the name of their street.
Londoners who wish to alter the name of their street will be eligible for £25,000 awards as part of the Mayor’s new effort to “decolonise” the city. According to the left, Sadiq Khan has announced funds to assist alter objectionable street names in a plan to ‘decolonise’ and ‘diversify’ British street names.
Richard Tice, the leader of Reform UK, told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham that the handouts were the wrong strategy.
He said that Sadiq Khan was launching a £1 million Black Lives Matter-inspired campaign “making life much much harder and more expensive for decent working people”.
“Sadiq Khan is trying to get rid of perfectly fine street names that have been there for decades.” Mr Tice said.
“There might be some isolated examples. But it’s like the statues. He has this expensive Commission to get rid of some statues.”
“You just think, why? Let’s celebrate great, new achievers. Get new statues. But you don’t need to get rid of old statues.”
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Mr Tice said. “They are there to learn from.”
The new fund has been dubbed “madness” by TalkRADIO host Mr Graham.
The new street naming initiative, according to Mr Khan, is part of a £1 million Untold Stories fund accessible to community organisations.
There is a fund called Untold Stories as part of the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm, which was created after the Black Lives Matter protest in 2017.
Artwork and sculptures that commemorated people associated with Britain’s history of empire and slavery came under fire. Thus the Commission was formed to diversify them.
“London’s diversity is its greatest strength,” Mr Khan said, “but for far too long, our capital’s statues, street names and buildings have only shown a limited perspective on our city’s complex history.”
“I’m determined to do everything I can to ensure our public realm presents a more complete picture of everyone who has made London the incredible city it is today.”
The Mayor of London emphasised that the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm’s goal was to “raise public understanding,” not to destroy monuments.
Milligan Street in Tower Hamlets was named after slave trader Robert Milligan, whose neighbouring monument was taken from its base last year.