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  • - So as many of, you know,

  • I've been spending time going out into London

  • and trying to speak with the small businesses that

  • keep this city alive.

  • It's 98% of the economy,

  • and it's the taxi drivers,

  • the cafes,

  • the wine bars,

  • the tailors,

  • the personal trainers,

  • you know, that's the lifeblood of London,

  • it's the culture and it's our entire economy.

  • And I've been trying to find out

  • how we can get the city back to work,

  • and having real conversations.

  • And unfortunately I've found out things

  • that aren't very impressive.

  • The fact that cafes struggle to get approval

  • for outdoor space so they can barely stay in business

  • and keep one more employee

  • in their job,

  • to make sure that they have the livelihood to move on,

  • to make sure that they can come to work and have a purpose

  • and have a future.

  • And, it just pains me now to hear these latest

  • lockdown curfews that the government announced.

  • Again, I'm really struggling

  • and I'm gonna be diving into the numbers

  • to see if then I can understand it, but

  • you know, to shut off a venue at 10:00 p.m.

  • and not give people that hour or two when some of these,

  • these establishments are really gonna be

  • making the money that keeps them alive.

  • Again, I just,

  • I don't see a science-based approach.

  • I see a disproportionate response to that what's happening.

  • And we've all seen it, you've seen it too.

  • There's a policy

  • and then the next week there's another policy,

  • and the next week there's another policy.

  • They make no rhyme or reason,

  • and they seem to be made to be, to cover people's asses.

  • That's what it really does.

  • It seems to be making these policies in order to extend

  • pandemic laws that were pushed through parliament here,

  • or it does it in order to

  • make the decisions that were made over the past

  • four or five, six months somehow justified,

  • or look as if they were necessary

  • because we're hitting this quote unquote second wave.

  • And so, it pains me because I've sat down

  • with people that are trying to run businesses

  • and I've seen the look in their eyes.

  • Was it a place called caffeine with a K

  • in Fitzrovia here in London,

  • speaking with Peter Dore-Smith and,

  • I mean, he wrote his business plan 11 years ago and he said,

  • "Brian, I'm not gonna let this die."

  • He's like, "I got people I employ here.

  • This is their livelihood."

  • He's like, "We love being of service."

  • He's like, "Otherwise we're gonna go crazy."

  • You know, I've sat down with people like Simon Woodruff

  • who created YO! Sushi.

  • I've sat down with people like James Dawson,

  • founder of Humble Grape.

  • They're struggling just to get the council

  • to allow them to do what it takes to stay in business.

  • No one is actually thinking about the economy

  • and the longterm ramifications on our physical health

  • and our mental health.

  • And this is something we've been talking about

  • on London Real for months and months and months.

  • As GDP drops,

  • you know, death rates go down.

  • This is real.

  • And yet it's something that's delayed,

  • and so we don't always see it happening.

  • And, I just think we all need to be really aware

  • of what's actually happening out there,

  • and just be more cognizant

  • of some of the real damage we're doing

  • to the economy in the city.

  • It pains me to see it,

  • and we've gotta get London back to work.

  • We've gotta get people in these offices.

  • I see all these offices here and there's nobody in them.

  • There's 13% capacity in all of these buildings here.

  • What's going on?

  • It doesn't make sense.

  • We're not speaking to these businesses.

  • We're not getting people back in the city.

  • We're not incentivizing them.

  • There's no leadership from the front.

  • All I see is reactions.

  • I see a campaign of fear.

  • We've overdone the campaign of fear.

  • And it's time to find solutions

  • on how we can get back to work.

  • Again, I just don't see a consistent science-based approach

  • and it frustrates me to it to a massive extent.

  • This is my city.

  • This is a city I love.

  • This is a city I do business in,

  • and this is a city I've called home.

  • This is a city I'm gonna be buried in.

  • And I'm tired of watching our leadership,

  • send it down the drain.

  • So again, I'd love to hear your comments below.

  • If you've got ideas or suggestions

  • or something that's working out in other cities,

  • let us know.

  • But you know, they're talking about

  • the second wave of lockdowns.

  • It's six more months of drastic measures

  • that's just gonna run the economy

  • of London and the UK into the ground.

  • And again, have longterm ramifications for our physical,

  • mental health and everything else.

  • And it's time that we have these serious conversations.

  • So again, we'd love to see your comments below.

  • I'm still optimistic.

  • Let's keep the faith.

  • I'll be out how to be more conversations

  • with people this week in culture

  • and talking about business and health

  • and everything else we can do.

  • And I appreciate your support

  • and I appreciate you listening.

  • Thank you.

- So as many of, you know,

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SECOND WAVE UK ?? LOCKDOWN ? - HOW WILL OUR SMEs & ECONOMY SURVIVE? WE HAVE NO LEADERSHIP

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    Summer posted on 2020/10/12
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