With the focus of the British public on the Government now, most notably due to Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, it seems a poignant period to declare intentions for innovation. Sadiq Khan seems to be adhering to this ideology, recently outlining his desire for a further overhaul of the London transport system, to occur in addition to the changes which he has already implemented. Whilst naturally important in benefiting the nation, providing them with more accessible and viable transport links, it may also highlight Khan’s credentials as a politician, and his ability to adhere to the needs of the people. With the Mayor also a member of a party who opposed Uber, he may also be providing an alternative to this service. Therefore, whilst this opinion may differ from the general population, in striving to productively impact via public transport, he might be showcasing the reasoning behind why he originally appealed to voters.
In the aftermath of his successful election campaign, Khan implemented a hopper system, whereby customers may use two buses within an hour whilst paying solely for the first. Via this innovation, he seemed to be following through on perhaps his most prominent manifesto point: to alter the transport system to make it more accessible to the masses. With consistency a key trait required by politicians to succeed at the pinnacle, Khan seemed to showcase this immediately and, in simultaneously adhering to his party’s main ideology, he may have further cemented his position. Yet, this seemed to act as the foundations, and with his recent declaration stating this system is to be extended to unlimited bus usage within an hour, he may be aiming to influence the capital further.
When considered TFL also released a new announcement to be utilised on buses in their attempt to elevate safety, it seems both Khan and TFL may be working in tandem to meet their overarching aim of making the system more efficient. In doing so, they may elevate Britain’s standings in comparison to other countries, which may perhaps make the nation a more appealing place. With London also among the most cultured cities in Britain, becoming more appealing to the masses might attract further diversity, and with Brexit imminent, this may be important in creating a more stable and tolerant society. Yet, the announcement itself seems to have been met by some opposition, most notably on social media, perhaps suggesting improvements may be required. If Khan may adhere to these needs, and represent the general public further, his credentials may be honed.
Ultimately, Khan seems to be using his knowledge of the London bus system, most notably due to his father’s occupation, to advance his standings. With this perhaps highlighting his ability to utilise situations to his advantage, his status as Mayor may act as the catalyst in a fruitful career. With his predecessor Boris Johnson provided with an influx of opportunities in the aftermath of his tenure, showcasing this adaptability might result in similar accolades for Khan, and with Labour continuing to make gains in their quest for number 10, this may ultimately be realised.
With Theresa May continuously altering parts of her manifesto to further adhere to the public, it seems the actions of the majority of politicians may underpin the desire to productively impact Britain. With the Government’s stance on travel fares resolute, this may be increasingly challenging to achieve. Yet, Khan seems to be continuously aiming to achieve his goals, and relishing the challenge, and with his ideologies perhaps bypassing boundaries, such as uniting Labour and the Lib Dems, solidarity may be being showcased. With his opposition to the Government’s manifesto also prominent, this suggestion may be emphasised, as he seems to resonate with the population. As such, the public may ultimately be benefiting from voting for him, as he seems to be representing them; with reduced travel rates leading to more money available for all, and with this potentially being spent on the British economy, it seems all sides might be paying dividends via his actions.
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