A FEW of the nationals in recent weeks have been providing a bit of commentary on Sadiq Khan’s flashbulb approach to being Mayor, mainly because he once said: “For the last eight years you’ve seen a red carpet mayor, somebody who is fantastic going to openings, great with a flute of champagne in his hands. I’d rather roll up my sleeves and fight for all Londoners.”
As readers of the Peeps column in the New Journal were aware weeks ago, red carpet nights out have been foisted on him since his election victory in May and, naturally, it would have been rude to turn down tickets to Stevie Wonder in Hyde Park, the Wimbledon tennis final and a Florence And The Machine concert.
Our diary piece (see right) was back in August, but the gifts and hospitality register shows the gigs have kept coming for Sadiq with hard-to-get family tickets to see the Harry Potter and The Cursed Child theatre show and an invite to see Helen McCrory in the Deep Blue Sea at the National Theatre among the entries. Among other gifts he’s been suited up by Hugo Boss and handed New York stock exchange cufflinks, which may or may not go with the clobber he was gifted by Georgio Armani earlier in the year.
And there’s more: Sadiq also registers being handed a framed, souvenir front page by the Evening Standard last month. The list of gifts doesn’t say which cover was presented to him, but presumably it was one of the hero of London splashes we’ve seen post-election, rather than the slightly less warm coverage that came before the polls. It’ll be up in his bathroom, no doubt.
The full mayoral hospitality haul can be seen here.