Javid slams Khan over decision to axe London's NYE firework display

Sajid Javid slams London mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision to cancel capital’s New Year’s Eve firework display over Covid fears

  • Health Sec said there was ‘no reasonannual pyrotechnics could not return
  • Mr Khan revealed this week that the 2021 display had been called off
  • Blamed ‘uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemicfor second cancellation
  • 英国卫生部长 我们应该讨论一下 伦敦 市长 萨迪克·汗 today over his decision to cancel the capital’s annual new year firework display over Covid fears.

    The Tory Health Secretary said there was ‘no reasonthe annual New Year’s Eve pyrotechnic display above the Thames could not return this year, having also been axed in 2020.

    Labour mayor Mr Khan revealed this week that the 2021 展示, which would have drawn hundreds of thousands of people to the riverside, had been called off, blaming Covid ‘uncertainty’.

    But asked about the decision today on LBC, Mr Javid said: ‘Obviously that’s a decision for the Mayor, but from my point of view, I can’t understand why that can’t happen.

    '我的意思是, I think there’s a perfectly safe way that that can take place, so I really don’t understand that decision, but as I say, that’s not a decision for the government. It’s the Mayor’s firework display, so I hope he can reconsider it.

    The Tory Health Secretary said there was 'no reason' the annual New Year's Eve pyrotechnic display above the Thames could not return this year, having also been axed in 2020.

    The Tory Health Secretary said there was ‘no reasonthe annual New Year’s Eve pyrotechnic display above the Thames could not return this year, having also been axed in 2020.

    Labour mayor Mr Khan revealed this week that the 2021 展示, which would have drawn hundreds of thousands of people to the riverside, had been called off, blaming Covid 'uncertainty'.

    Labour mayor Mr Khan revealed this week that the 2021 展示, which would have drawn hundreds of thousands of people to the riverside, had been called off, blaming Covid ‘uncertainty’.

    But asked about the decision today on LBC, Mr Javid said: 'Obviously that’s a decision for the Mayor, but from my point of view, I can’t understand why that can’t happen.'

    But asked about the decision today on LBC, Mr Javid said: ‘Obviously that’s a decision for the Mayor, but from my point of view, I can’t understand why that can’t happen.

    The annual event is usually attended by up to 100,000 people and broadcast across the world.

    City Hall said it has been cancelled this year due to ‘uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic’.

    然而, a spokesman for London Mayor Sadiq Khan promised that the capital’s new year celebrations will still be ‘spectacular’.

    '今年, 一如既往, London will be welcoming the new year in a spectacular way,’ 他说.

    ‘Due to the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, our world-famous New Year’s Eve display will not be held on the banks of the Thames this year.

    Last year the display was moved to a different area of London, and involved the innovative use of drones.

    然而, the BBC received 500 complaints after the drones formed into a clenched fista symbol used by the Black Lives Matter movement.

    今年, City Hall is staying tight-lipped on how London will be ringing in 2022.

    ‘Last year’s successful show took place in a slightly different way due to the pandemic, and this year a number of exciting new options are being considered as part of our New Year’s Eve celebrations in London’, 发言人说.

    ‘Further details of this year’s celebration will be announced in due course.

    He would neither confirm nor deny whether the event will involve fireworks in some way.