Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today admitted coronavirus-fearing companies’ empty city offices were killing the economy, declaring ‘If we all stay at home working it’s a big problem‘.
Because a few coffee shops go to the wall? Because TfL can’t fleece hundreds of thousands of workers for conditions you wouldn’t legally be able to transport livestock in?
…as small companies face bankruptcy from a lack of footfall he urged big firms to reconsider staying clear of London.
‘Many small businesses rely on your workers going to work, the café bars, the dry cleaners, the shoe repair shops and others.
‘When I meet those not just in the culture industry and hospitality, small businesses they are struggling.‘
Well, maybe you shouldn’t have increased the Congestion Charge then. How do you think these small businesses get staff and supplies, Star Trek style transporter?
Chris Biggs, founder and managing director of Theta Financial Reporting, said in July he feared the working from home genie had now been let out of the bottle – and could not be put back.
He told the MailOnline: ‘I think it’s a bit of a watershed moment. From an employee’s point of view they might not feel safe going back into the office.
‘I have spoken to people from big firms who don’t want to go back. I know there are businesses that have said they are not going back until 2021 and I know some that will now have working from home permanently.
‘I don’t think management thought systems would work as well from home as they have. Now they know it’s possible. I know myself when I was commuting in previously it is packed and cramped – who will want to do that without a vaccine?’
Who will want to do it even with a vaccine? Just to save Ali’s Snack Bar and the Head of Diversity’s personal assistant at TfL?
Certainly not me!