May 9, 2021


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After the epidemic: London votes mayor for Pakistani Liberal Democrat Brexit Britain People

Not so long ago, London was booming. Now they are afraid of explosions.

Brexit and coronavirus plague hit Britain’s capital in a hurricane. By 2021, the city has fewer people, fewer businesses, more rigorous divisions and tougher elections than anyone else expects.

On May 6, People of London will elect a mayor whose performance will help determine if this is the time to reduce Europe’s biggest city – or the chance to do better.

“It’s going to be tough, of course,” said Jack Brown, a London lecturer at King’s College London. “These two seasonal changes” – Brexit and the virus – “deal with it.”


Plagues, fires, wars – London has survived it all. But you have never been to a year like this. Coronavirus has killed 15,000 Londoners and shaken the foundations of unity in some of the world’s largest cities. While the active vaccination campaign has promised to reopen, the Associated Press is looking at how the epidemic could affect London’s people and organizations and inquiring about the future.


The newly elected mayor of London has led the city of more than 8 million people who are facing local problems – cheap housing and transportation, high crime rates and pollution – and many unprecedented problems.

The year of closure of coronaviruses and traffic control has removed offices in the city, closed their nightlife, closed their restaurants and restaurants and evicted foreign tourists. Getting back to normal takes a long time.

“We have already lost about 300,000 jobs, and more than a million Londoners will continue,” the mayor said Sadiq Khan who want to be re-elected. “The problem is how do we avoid (u) unemployment in the 1980s.

“It’s very important to have the same interest that our parents and grandparents had after World War II, because that’s the biggest problem,” said Khan, whose priorities include persuading people to return to the city center and alleviate the growing economic crisis. it’s a plague.

If the polls are accurate, the 50-year-old Khan is expected to win a run-off election on Thursday, which has been delayed for a year due to the epidemic. Both he and his main rival are made in London-winning stories.

Khan, a lawyer and middle member to the left of the Labor Party, is the son of a Pakistani national. His father was a bus driver, and his mother was a seamstress.

The careless grandfather of Shaun Bailey, too, is part of the “Windrush generation” of immigrants to Britain after World War II from the Caribbean. She was raised by a single mother in a government house in Ladbroke Grove The area where Victoria’s luxury homes are located near the residences.

A 49-year-old veteran activist is interested in the city who says it gave him a chance to win.

“More than any other place in the world, if you come from work, London offers more opportunities than anyone else,” said Bailey, who believes London’s biggest problem is crime.

Bailey wants to see more young workers, more police officers being beaten and more use of force-hunting forces to carry knives and other weapons on the road. Stop-and-hunt is a very controversial point because young boys are so black, and this is exactly what has been the subject of controversy with the police.

But Bailey says it’s important.

“What irritates black people the most is that our young people are dying,” he said.

Both Khan and Bailey – as well as a dozen other, from Liberal Democrat and Green rivals to anti-lockers and bartender-count Count Binface – are aware they are fleeing an infected city and Britain’s exit from the European Union .

Brexit brings trouble to London by ending the liberation of contractors and destroying the city as Europe’s economic center. The plague, however, has challenged the existence of large cities as well as the habitat of people living, working and traveling.

After a three-year growth spurt, London’s population declined in 2020 as people relocated in search of more space during the closure or return to the provinces or home countries. It remains to be seen whether he will return.

The three locks, which are now slowly being upgraded, keep office workers and turn London’s capital into a ghost town. Millions no longer go to town to work or play, because coronavirus controls have forced people to live there.

Across London – a “rural city” with diverse population – the epidemic has led people to reconsider their needs.

“Once you get into central London … there’s nobody there, almost,” says Mark Burton, who lives in Walthamstow, a formerly difficult, very interesting place in the northeast of the city. “Outside, there’s a spectacular scenery around this place.

Burton thinks Khan has done a good job as mayor, although he wants more help with cycling and travel.

Across the town of Ladbroke Grove, Nicholas Olajide resident loves his friend Bailey’s promise to end crime. He, too, thinks the plague has given the city a fresh start.

“I think it has generated a lot of interest among the people,” Olajide said. “In the past, London was a movement where we no longer had a group, not even our neighbors’ supervisors. But I think it brought us back together. People Living at home and caring for their neighbors, working from home – has brought families closer together. ”

Sian Berry, an adviser to the mayor of the Green Party, says the epidemic has opened up opportunities for people in London to leave people wanting to “start over.”

“It’s a wonderful place to live, London, but it’s ruined, it can be difficult, and the cost of living is very high,” he said. “Every neighborhood in London has its own spirit, too, and we need to encourage that.”

London historian Brown hopes London is back on track. It has been going through difficult times in its 2000 years of existence.

“London’s history is hot all the time – the whole city is on fire – and then everyone gets the plague,” he said. “This happens around for years and years and people come back.

“London’s longest history is one of the most fascinating. It’s a little careless sometimes. It does not always take everyone along. But the same place, its wealth, its interest, it endures, ”he said.


Associated Press Author Danica Kirka contributed to this.


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