Sadiq Khan has only been Mayor of London since May, yet he’s already making a huge impact.
Not everybody was his number one fan at first as he provided false hope of his fair freeze election promise. Just one month into his residency as mayor, the act was revealed to only work on single fair duties. This eliminates cheaper travel costs for citizens using travel cards, oyster cards or pay-as-you-go caps on contactless cards. Well that’s you me and everyone else you know gone, surely.
Never-the-less, he’s come back strong. Still travel related, Sadiq is opting to get rid of all body shaming posters on buses and tubes.
Mr Khan said “Nobody should feel pressurised, while they travel on the Tube or bus, into unrealistic expectations surrounding their bodies and I want to send a clear message to the advertising industry about this.” He has also spoken about his role as a parent to two teenage daughters, who have obviously had a part to play in his decision making.
Controversial adverts like Protein World’s “Are you beach body ready?” poster, which caused a huge backlash when it appeared last year, would no longer be allowed. 70,000 people signed the petition to get the advert removed and it was a trending topic on Twitter.
Let’s all hope Sadiq continues with his promise to make revamp the adverts shown on the tubes. It could prove he’s listening to the people and being as swift with his decisions as we’d all like. But – as we’ve seen before – is swift even good?