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  • there.

  • He is, Mr Simon Dolan, How are you, sir?

  • I'm very good, my friend, how are you?

  • I'm great, I'm great.

  • Thanks for coming in, appreciate your avenue.

  • And I was giving you a quick bio, you know, two people that are out there, but you're, you're the guy really that took the UK government to court over the Covid lockdown.

  • You're also a really successful businessman and you're quite an aficionado for motor racing, kickboxing, you know, you're quite an interesting guy.

  • Simon, thank you.

  • Kick kick boxing was a while ago now.

  • But yeah, I still, I still follow the Emma and things like that and uh, yeah, I just, I just like to do stuff.

  • I'm similar to you really, you know, you're, you're a business guy, you like sports and so on, and I think we've ended up in this political world that probably neither of us wanted to get into, but felt that we had to, you know, me from the legal perspective and you of course, running for Mayor.

  • So that's that's quite interesting.

  • It is interesting, you know, something you bring up a good point there because, you know, a lot of people in business and entrepreneurs, they stay away from the world of politics.

  • You know, they're like, I don't go there, I don't talk about that at the dinner table, but you know, both you and I think we felt like we couldn't not get involved, like we had to do something because I don't know, it was kind of liberty at stake or our freedom or it was about principle.

  • Is that what it was for you?

  • Yeah, I think, you know, you said, I think what people said to you, you know, why did you run for London Mayor?

  • And you said, well, so I could tell my kids that I did my best.

  • I tried something and I said exactly the same thing to my family, you know, because we didn't have to do it, we didn't have to bring the court case, could have just quite happily lived and did what every other high profile businessmen did, which was precisely nothing and just hang it out and see what happened or let somebody else do it.

  • But I couldn't have lived with myself, I don't think if I'd have not just tried everything, you know, ultimately worked successfully in court, but at least we raised awareness and I think history will look very kindly on on what we tried to do and not quite so kindly on the on the politicians which which have ruined the country.

  • Yeah, and people forget back in april of last year, Simon May, you know, there weren't many people having the hard conversations, you know, we were streaming on our platform, we got censored and had to create our own platform, but I had countless, you know, entrepreneurs economists, professors at major institutions talking about the opposite narrative and the government was giving us, but there wasn't many people that were you are you were taking them to court, but not a lot of people were having those conversations and it wasn't happening in the mainstream media, was it?

  • No, not at all.

  • I mean, quite the opposite from mainstream media point of view.

  • And and they have to take a lot of, a lot of criticism, I think.

  • Yeah, it's it's it's a truism that bad news sells and so the newspapers and the media, they're just gonna run scare stories all day long because people click on that, you know, if it's 1000 people died of Covid today, you're going to click on that story.

  • If it's 1000 people recovered from copy today, you're not gonna, you're just going to feel good about it.

  • So of course, you've got the government that spending a fortune on advertising with these publications.

  • Um, and so of course they were, they had a vested interest in just keeping the narrative going and you see that, you know, now we're saying, oh, there's a south african variant and there's a, I don't know, the mexican variant Kent, very, and then we, you know, they can't think of anything else.

  • So then they say, we have a double vary from India, you know, just to try and keep the fear going.

  • And some of the sticks, some of it doesn't, and some of it does, but a lot of it is just driven by media scare stories.

  • Yeah.

  • Unfortunately, it was doing so much collateral damage last year when it came to the economy, um, that it was just, I couldn't stand by and watch it happen.

  • I know you couldn't and we had so many broadcasts of people talking about the massive damage we were doing to ourselves economically, which of course translates into our younger generation being hopeless for the future are mental health being dangerously low, our physical health.

  • I mean, there was so much collateral damage with that.

  • Um, you know, but there was just a few people kind of doing that counter narrative while meanwhile, like you said, mainstream kind of goes for the clicks and views, but you know, it's hurting everybody in the long run, and it was great to see people like you and we did a few other people really talking about something different and and then take it to the next level, which is kind of what I decided to the last six months and saying that because when we started six months ago, this was still something quite counter narrative, you know, to talk about getting London back to work.

  • Yeah, yeah, and it's just as every day goes past, you realize just how much it's necessary to get London back working again.

  • You know, it's all very well, Genghis can't going on about building cycle lanes and this idea that cycle lanes don't create jobs.

  • No, no Green Initiative ever creates a job in the government funded one.

  • We need small businesses open and that's why your manifesto, you're saying about helping small businesses then you're quite right because that's where everything starts.

  • What people forget is that every big business started as a small business, one day Starbucks was just one cafe once.

  • Mcdonald's was just one cafe, one restaurant once.

  • And this is, this is where the economy, this is the lifeblood of the economy.

  • And now, you know, you look at London, I can see you a couple of weeks ago, a few weeks ago and as I was driving through just everywhere, it's sharp and okay, we're here now, there's nothing we can do about that.

  • But what we can do is get it open and get it working and welcome people back into London.

  • You get rid of the congestion charge and let these people open.

  • It's so necessary that we have a business person that oversees this.

  • Yeah, it's so important.

  • And just like you said, I mean, I think it's 98% of the GDP in London is small and medium sized enterprises and it's also the culture of London.

  • You know, if you think about the great things about London, it's those black cabbies that are independent drivers, it's the tailor that makes my suits, it's uh, that cafe.

  • It's like, that's what gives us the reason people want to come to this great city.

  • It's not because of uh, you know, these mass businesses that are here and I think you're referring to the manifesto and I got Simon an early digital copy of this thing and we're, we've got 50,000 of these printed out and I'm telling you when I'm out in public with these and I'm showing them to people, they all want to grab them, you know, because it's quite a fun readable document.

  • But like you said, the top thing here is rebuilding London's economy and as you said, it's abolished the congestion charge to get people into London spending it zero out business rates till the end of the year because these businesses are barely hanging on.

  • And then the big thing we got is our great celebration event.

  • And again, it's show me, don't tell me is the way we're campaigning and it's the it's kind of the embodiment of a pro business mayor to like pull off an event 31 days, 20 million people in the city and show off the best London has to offer.

  • But also tell the world that we are back.

  • We've we've we've experienced a tough year, but London is back and ready for business and we want to show the world maybe we've recovered quicker than anyone else and we could pull in all the tourism business that europe might be seeing this whole year.

  • And I'm really excited when I talk about these policies and people in the public get it.

  • You know, I don't think you need an economics degree to know that this makes sense.

  • Yeah.

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GET THE CITY BACK TO WORK! "You Are The Guy That Took The UK Government To Court." - SIMON DOLAN ??

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/04/27
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