Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith targeted controversial London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a scathing rant on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. GMB host Piers Morgan asked the Conservative MP about his thoughts on Khan’s handling of the London travel situation during the coronavirus crisis. Morgan noted that Khan is giving advice which conflicts with that of the government on whether Londoners should use public transport.
Morgan said, “You made the government say one thing about using public transportation and cars and asked the mayor of London to do things that will have the opposite effect. “
Duncan Smith replied, “I already had an appointment with the mayor on Friday when I heard this.
“I couldn’t believe it, that’s ridiculous.
“Just when we feel we are on the right track today, more people will return to work.
“I just got inundated with constituents telling me what kind of choice is this now.
“We were told that we should prefer to go back to work by car rather than by public transport.
“But at the same time, Sadiq Khan will now penalize us for that.
“It is a stupid decision, absolutely stupid. “
The Conservative MP then explained the preferred course of action that the mayor of London should have taken during this crisis.
He added that public transportation had to be well managed during this time as we got back to work and that the solutions had to work for the government as well as the people.
He said, “What we should have done is keep the ULEZ congestion tax off the books and let people go back to work.
“To determine what works best for them, we need time to understand how public transportation will work during this time.
“We have to figure out how we can control it, what other things we have to do, if we can get more people on the Tubes, more cleaning going on, all of that.
“This is the period when we feel like we are moving forward and it is sheer nonsense to outsmart the people who chose to get in the car, because they were advised to do so, with these additional costs. “
Mr. Duncan Smith concluded by saying, “This is going to affect all kinds of people.
“So I think the mayor was very, very poor in making this decision. “