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  • and we got our first live video question coming in via Zoom.

  • It's coming from Napoli, and I'm gonna switch over here to this tech right now and put you on my speaker.

  • And naturally, I want you to ask me your question.

  • And then I'm gonna come back to you.

  • So go ahead and ask me.

  • Hello.

  • Brian is very nice to meet you.

  • Um, my question is, what is the road map out of lockdown.

  • And the reason why I ask this is because as of yet, we haven't actually had any information on how we're going to get out of lockdown from various government.

  • So I was wondering if you could elaborate on what your plan is.

  • Excellent stuff.

  • Cool.

  • Let me kill my volume here.

  • First of all, thank you for that question.

  • And again, I appreciate a hard question.

  • That's what I like more than anything.

  • So thank you for that.

  • I appreciate it.

  • And again, not fully was asking What is the road map out of this?

  • And it's one of the things that frustrates me the most because the current mayor of London, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has not shown us any road map out of this and honestly, the bane of every entrepreneur is uncertainty.

  • You have to show them a road map out of this.

  • And I think it was Steve Baker, who is one of the Tory backbenchers in Parliament.

  • I think he's the head of the Covid recovery group.

  • And he said to the prime minister, He said, Boris, he said If you locked us down based on a forecast, then why can't you open us up based on a forecast?

  • We see a lot of positive information coming in.

  • And yet I couldn't even tell you when my 16 year old daughter is allowed to go back to school.

  • I couldn't tell you when I personally as an entrepreneur, I'm allowed to, you know, invest in my business because I don't know when you're going to shut it down again.

  • We need a clear road map out of this and as the next mayor of London, I am going to communicate and over communicate with our business community.

  • Also, the congestion charge holiday down to zero for six months is going to kick start business.

  • I'm gonna drop business rates down to zero for six months because How can you tax an entrepreneur or a businessman when they're struggling just to stay in business?

  • The latest report is that 250,000 SMEs these are small and medium sized enterprises responsible for 98% of the GDP here in London could potentially go out of business unless direct action is taken.

  • Unfortunately, the current mayor of London, in my opinion, he's anti business.

  • He wants to tax businesses.

  • If you remember, he crusaded for this lockdown when other mayors, like the mayor of Manchester, were fighting tooth and nail for their entrepreneurs for their pub owners to try to keep their livelihoods.

  • This mayor was trying to lock us all down.

  • He doesn't understand business.

  • He's never run a business in his life.

  • He's an 18 year career politician.

  • He's using this as his next job to be prime minister.

  • I don't think he cares about the citizens.

  • I don't think he understands business.

  • He's never done a deal in his life.

  • He's never bought a company sold.

  • The company has never held a board meeting.

  • We need someone who's business friendly again.

  • I've been doing this for 30 years, and all sorts of industries.

  • And so again it's clear communication with entrepreneurs.

  • It's the business rates holiday.

  • It's the congestion charge holiday, and it's finding solutions to get London back to work.

  • We can do this safely.

  • Let's protect those vulnerable.

  • But let's also get those that are fit, safe and healthy.

  • Back to work in some capacity is gonna help our mental health.

  • We gotta get our kids back in school.

  • And again, if you want more details, I have 12 very specific policies and 12 policy videos all on my Brian from Mayor dot London site.

  • So I appreciate that question.

  • Thank you for coming us today.

  • Let me get on to my second couple points.

  • I'm coming back for more questions shortly.

  • So stay with me here because I want to come out and find out what's going on with you.

  • Let me talk a little bit more about what people are frustrated with out there, and that is these LTs these low traffic neighborhoods, and you probably would have seen them all of a sudden.

  • You wake up one day and there's something that looks like a wooden plants potter sticking stuck at the end of your road.

  • You weren't consulted with, and all of a sudden it's blocking people from visiting you.

  • It's blocking you from going to work.

  • You're getting find when you try to.

  • Ambulances can't get in your area.

  • Businesses are going out of business, and yet people are driving sometimes three times longer to get to where they need to go, and it increases emissions.

  • People are frustrated because they weren't consulted with.

  • They're being taxed on the back of it.

  • Ambulance services can't get in there and businesses are failing, and also they're getting more congestion and more emissions.

  • It's frustrating.

  • And the residents have complained there's been a lack of explanation, a lack of engagement, a lack of consultation as they are literally quote unquote steamrolled through these schemes.

  • It's frustrating for them, and it's frustrating for me.

  • Also, it prevents local people from visiting their family.

  • Even within their support bubble.

  • It keeps them from attending work and attending medical appointments.

  • When I was in Ealing a few days ago, people were shouting over, I can't get to see my doctor.

  • I can't care for my elderly.

  • It was really frustrating to them.

  • The worst part is for me, is that This appears to be a revenue generating scheme, and this is where I draw the line.

  • You cannot tax your citizens in order to make a profit, especially in a time of economic contraction.

  • When I studied economics at M I T.

  • This was economics one oh one.

  • You cannot tax the businesses and citizens when the economy is contracting and expect to get out of that hole.

  • It's basically going to close itself in a loop, and it ends in bankruptcy and despair.

  • We've got to find a way out of it, and generating revenue on the back of that is not okay.

  • Lambeth Council, for example, has already issued more than a million pounds of fines just because a low traffic neighborhoods and there's more boroughs that have already racked up seven figures and fines again, this seems to be completely defeating the purpose.

  • But you see the mayor doing the same thing with congestion charge being expanded to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, going up from 11 50 to £15.

  • Expanding the congestion charge zone out to Richmond with those citizens up in arms about that, the U less that's almost being snuck in, and a lot of people are paying a lot of money in these US fees, and they're being extended as well.

  • And people are frustrated.

  • And the reason I know is this.

  • I get comments on every single video.

  • I get live comments here, and the people are not happy about it.

  • Especially emergency services point out that logistically, it's literally it's killing people.

  • They cannot save people in time.

  • And the last thing I want to say about this is this is a flat tax, which means, for example, a £15 congestion charge, you might be earning £20,000 a year, £40,000 a year or £200,000 a year.

  • The problem is is that the flat tax hurts lower income families worse, and that is the wrong thing to do, especially in this situation.

  • And so it actually gets worse.

  • Disabled people can't access what they need to access, and researchers recently found that 72% of those questions were critical, the way that LTs were introduced and the way that they were informed by town hall bosses about them.

  • And the report called Paved the Way, published this month also found that 77% believe their journey times or those of their carers had in fact, increased because of L.

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  • M's again, this is defeating the purpose.

  • It's taxing our citizens.

  • And I'll be honest is probably one of the single most important issues for Londoners as I'm out there.

  • Of course, they're frustrated with the nightmare proportion of knife crime.

  • Thanks to the mayor, they're frustrated with him bankrupting our TfL nearly twice their frustrated that he's only built 3% of the affordable homes that he promised.

  • But honestly, it's this congestion charge extension these LTs that really frustrate him a lot.

  • And I think I'm down here in, uh, Chelsea at the square here, going through here, it's It's a beautiful place.

  • It's a beautiful, sunny day, and I just want to say Thanks for having me on Sloane Square is where I'm going up Sloane Street right now.

  • Spent a lot of time in this neighborhood, did a lot of times shopping here back in the day, and I want to say just being out here makes all the difference, and I appreciate everybody streaming live.

  • This is a new way of politics.

  • Mhm.

and we got our first live video question coming in via Zoom.

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TAXING CITIZENS ?: How The Government Are Taxing Citizens To Make A Profit ? - Brian Rose

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