Sadiq Khan has been slammed in response to reports that City Hall would award £1 million in funding to organizations wanting to rename London’s streets as part of an anti-racism effort inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
London lefty Mayor Sadiq Khan has been criticized by Susan Hall, the London Greater Authority Conservatives leader, over a plan to offer cash for the renaming of streets in the capital.
Sadiq Khan has stated that funding would be made available as part of a diversity initiative that aims to ‘decolonize’ and ‘diversify’ the names of London’s street. Ms Hall said on TalkRADIO that “political correctness has gone berserk” as a result of the developments.
Ms Hall told LBC: “Well, the thing is political correctness now has gone berserk.”
“I’m entitled to my view just as are Cristo.”
“And I won’t be shut up, I will say what I think.”
“I sincerely hope I don’t offend anybody, and I don’t set out to offend people.”
“But some people are offended by everything these days,” she continued.”
“And I think we ought to grow up a bit.”
“We’ve all got a different view.”
“I think this particular million pounds is, is being completely wasted, and so I shall say so.”
“Other people that they disagree are also entitled to say so,” added the Leader of London Greater Authority Conservatives.”
“But I think if we keep shutting down speech, which is what is happening more and more, then you won’t get a divergence of thoughts and ideas.”
“And I think that’s bad for all of us.”
The Labour Mayor of London launched the new street naming programme as part of the £1 million Untold Stories initiative, which is accessible to community organizations.
The Untold Stories fund is a component of the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm, which was established after last year’s Black Lives Matter rallies in the US.
Mr Khan said: “London’s diversity is its greatest strength, 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.”
He emphasized that the goal of the Commission for Diversity at City Hall was to “raise public understanding,” not to remove monuments from the city.