Sadiq Khan’t? He can. You voted for him | Georgio Konstandi

Surprise, surprise, Londoners are starting to feel the effects of electing a socialist as their mayor. Yesterday, perhaps to counteract the long strides our Conservative government have made over the course of seven years to get more people than ever into work, Sadiq Khan allowed TfL to revoke Uber’s license in the capital. It is reported that Transport for London gave Uber just one minute’s notice before breaking the devastating news on Twitter.

That’s 40,000 jobs and all competition between taxi operators drained from London. It is incredible how fast Socialism can ingest jobs and freedom at the same time.

There are, as in many tragic political events, lessons to be learned. For those who say that revoking Uber’s license in London puts the safety of Londoners first, it is clear they have forgotten the fundamental principle of free enterprise that exists to empower the consumer: the freedom of choice.

The very essence of a capitalist economy is that the individual is never forced to purchase any one company’s product or use any one company’s service but has an unhampered selection between several. This means companies have to become innovative and must compete to win over the customer, placing power into the hands of the consumer (who, contrary to how some manifestos would suggest, should be treated well!). It is remarkably simple yet so easily tarnished. In typical socialist fashion, Sadiq Khan has stripped away this power of choice from the individual, putting a proverbial two fingers up at the consumer and siding with the ever more powerful unions.

Has he ensured the safety of millions of Londoners? Of course not. Sexual assault and other crime can be committed by any individual, at any time, regardless of whether there’s an Uber logo on their vehicle. Besides, it is up to the consumer to choose whether they feel an Uber taxi is unsafe, not self-anointed authorities.

What Sadiq Khan has ensured however is, now, those customers who chose not to pay black cab fees of up to £9.40 per mile but rather opt for the cheaper, Uber car, no longer have the freedom to do so. And thus power is transferred from people to state authority.

Mr. Khan won’t mind this. It fits his ideology perfectly. Now, the London taxi cartel can continue to flourish, without having to become more innovative for its customers, in the face of healthy competition. Why make your service competitive when you can rely on your trusty socialist mayor to abolish your competitors?

Londoners - as indeed the rest of the UK - should not be shocked by the Uber scandal. In fact, it’s been a long time coming. This arbitrary intervention against private business serves as a great reminder to the British electorate that our votes do matter. When we hear Conservative and Labour leaders exchanging fiery remarks about their opponent’s ideology, it is all for a reason. If we elect a politician with certain views, they will (rightly) assume they have the mandate to enforce those principles onto you, the citizen. Don't like it? Campaign and vote for the future you want for yourself.

So while Sadiq Khan oppresses free enterprise and shies away from jihadism, let us remember: London’s incumbent mayor is one member of a far larger network of red. His influence on our way of life is limited. There are others, however, that could do far more damage to our economy, should we let them into power.

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