Londoners: You elected a Tory Mayor – what did you think would happen?
It seems he has ordered that this year’s New Year fireworks will be a ticket-only event and you will be excluded from public streets – streets your tax money maintains – so that the rich don’t have to be jostled by you.
The display this year is the first-ever such event for which tickets have been sold, and it seems clear that you can thank Boris Johnson for that.
He’s the man who wants to keep you out of the best vantage points along the Thames; those are reserved for the rich.
“It is hoped the move will prevent overcrowding on the night, an issue that has plagued the event in recent years,” the Daily Mirror has reported in surprisingly mild fashion. This clearly means Mr Johnson hopes ticket prices will keep the hoi-polloi away.
Superintendent Robyn Williams told the paper: “Our advice is not to travel into London if you don’t have a ticket. If people are still considering coming to see the fireworks it will be extremely difficult to get around.
“Areas will be cordoned off for those with tickets and Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square will not this year be featuring large viewing screens.”
It’s a form of apartheid; the less affluent are being shunted out of their own city.
This writer’s only question is: Will Londoners meekly accept this treatment?
Or will we see fireworks in more ways than one?