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Revealed: Taxpayers paid £1.5MILLION for Sadiq Khan’s ‘woke’ NYE light show – featuring BLM fist salutes and NHS tributes – after he masterminded event and worked with BBC and Met Police to keep it a secret
Published: 20:35 EST, 31 December 2020 | Updated: 10:45 EST, 1 January 2021
Daily Mail|4 days ago
Thousands of revellers eager to bid farewell to a miserable 2020 tuned into BBC One to watch the highly-anticipated pre-recorded display in London.
Sadiq Khan spent up to £1.5million of public money on a BBC-backed ‘woke’ pro-EU, NHS and BLM firework and drone display on the Thames that was cooked up in secret with Scotland Yard and narrated by Sir David Attenborough, MailOnline can reveal today.
Labour’s Mayor of London kept the taxpayer-funded event a mystery to avoid crowds gathering during the pandemic at Greenwich where rockets were fired from a barge in the river and 300 drones flew above the O2 Arena in south-east London.
10.8million locked-down Britons, forced to celebrate New Year at home and eager to bid farewell to a miserable 2020, tuned into BBC One to watch the display, which City Hall told MailOnline had a £1.5million budget with Mr Khan having the ‘final sign off on the content of the display’.
Many watching on TV were outraged and said the show was ‘ruined by politics’ after Thames bridges were turned blue and yellow in a tribute to the EU as the UK finally left and 300 drones made the shape of a BLM fist and a turtle with Africa on its shell during a climate change lecture by Sir David Attenborough – but ended with no Auld Lang Syne.
The BBC helped with the planning of the broadcast, which the Mayor’s office said: ‘Looked ahead in hope to 2021, including sending a message to European Londoners that they will always have a home in our city’.
Mr Khan also defiantly tweeted critics this morning by sharing a MailOnline story and saying: ‘Anyone else think it was pretty good?’, leading to a mixed reaction of those enjoyed it and others who blasted him including one who replied: ‘No. You made a NYE celebration political. Disgraceful’. Another wag tweeted sarcastically: ‘Apart from the BLM & EU images, the commentary, the god awful singing and mostly dodgy musical taste…….I really liked it’.
Last night’s controversial display was curated by Mr Khan with the help of the BBC, Titanium Fireworks, SKYMAGIC drone displays, Durham Marenghi Lighting, Signify audio and Jack Morton, a London media agency. The Mayor of London has also thanked the Met, The Port of London Authority, and the Civil Aviation Authority for their help in putting it on.
One critic tweeted Mr Khan directly and said: ‘This was a opportunity to unite, yet you continue to want to divide us all, disgraceful’. Another wrote: ‘Even making firework political now spoilt it for me’, and one angry BBC viewer said: ‘It was a disgrace. The whole thing. Propaganda to fireworks, lights and music. Wish we hadn’t watched it, like many others I know’.