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From repurposing empty offices to a month-long street party: London mayoral candidates tout post-COVID plans

Twenty candidates are running for mayor of London in this Thursday’s election, each offering their own particular spin on how they’ll revive the U.K.’s biggest city post-pandemic.

Luisa Porritt, a Liberal Democrat candidate for London mayor, delivers campaign literature while out campaigning in the neighbourhood of Bermondsey on April 29. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Supported by a team of campaign volunteers, Luisa Porritt is knocking on doors in a public housing complex in South London. The structure is covered in scaffolding and in need of serious repairs.

She is running for mayor, representing the Liberal Democrats, and housing is one of her top priorities. She has come up with a pitch that hopes to take advantage of the pandemic: turning empty office space into affordable homes. 

“This is a once-in-a-generational opportunity to finally fix our housing crisis,” said the 33-year-old, who was a member of the European Parliament until her position was abolished post-Brexit.

She believes many people will continue to work from home post-pandemic and that this will affect the demand for offices. “We need to look at converting some of the empty office space coming onto the market,” she said.  

The pandemic looms large in this mayoral campaign, as London’s economy was hit harder than anywhere else in the U.K. — 300,000 jobs were lost in the city alone. 

Porritt wants to see empty office space turned into affordable housing. (Renee Filippone/CBC News)

COVID-19 case numbers are dropping, due in part to the U.K.’s mass vaccination strategy, and life is slowly returning to normal. The candidates are all campaigning on their vision for London’s future — and how they would spend the city’s £19 billion ($32 billion Cdn) budget to do it.

Due to the pandemic, the election was postponed by a year. There are an unprecedented 20 candidates running — along with representatives from the major parties, it’s a diverse and eclectic group.

Many are focused on traditional civic issues like crime, housing and the economy — but for some, it’s all about undoing pandemic restrictions.

Londoners head to the polls today, though some have already voted in advance by mail. The results are expected Saturday, the counting taking longer than usual because of coronavirus precautions.

Reviving job market

Four of the leading candidates took part in a televised debate recently, and the first question from the moderator on the ITV network was about post-COVID plans. 

“I have got a plan that’s focused on jobs, jobs, jobs,” said current mayor Sadiq Khan, who is with the Labour Party. His platform is focused on investment in training, new green jobs and attracting Londoners and tourists back to the West End, the theatre district that has been a ghost town for more than a year. 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is campaigning for re-election. The Labour candidate is far ahead in the polls. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey has a similar plan to create jobs and rejuvenate high streets, but he has been more focused on crime. He promises to hire 8,000 new police officers and reopen 38 closed police stations. 

Khan is far ahead in the polls and widely expected to win. The latest numbers from Opinium Research has him at 48 per cent support, compared to his closest rival, Bailey, with 29 per cent. (Opinium research contacted 1,055 London adults online between April 28 and May 3. A probabilistic sample of this size would yield a margin of error of +/- four per cent 19 times out of 20.)

The Liberal Democrats and Greens are in a close contest for third and fourth place.

While most of the candidates are looking at ways to transform the city, a select few are fuelled solely by their frustration with how COVID-19 has been handled. Two are calling for an end to all restrictions and promising no future lockdowns. 

Brian Rose is one of the 2021 London mayoral candidates. Born in the U.S. but living in London, Rose plans to throw a month-long party to kick-start the economy if he is elected mayor. (Brian Rose/Twitter)

Brian Rose, who is an American living in London, wants to throw a 31-day festival to kick-start the economy. 

Yearning for normality

It’s ideas like this that grabbed the attention of Gary Murphy, manager of the Ye Olde Mitre Inn pub in North London. 

“I have yet to decide who I’m going to vote for, but it certainly will be for a smaller, more independent party that is committed to getting us back to normal,” said Murphy.

The pub has been open since the 1600s and Murphy says it’s lived through the plague, cholera, the Spanish flu and now COVID-19. 

He says the lockdowns and restrictions have crippled his industry: “The No. 1 priority has got to be to review the whole COVID strategy.” 

Gary Murphy, right, owner of the Ye Olde Mitre Inn, has yet to cast his ballot, but is hoping for a mayor who will prioritize getting the service industry back on its feet. (Stephanie Jenzer/CBC News)

Since the start of the pandemic, his pub has been ordered shut three times, for a total of about 10 months. When it’s been open, Murphy says the tight restrictions have meant he isn’t making money. 

“It doesn’t matter if [the candidates] promise to pretty up the high street. If we’re still restricted or under the threat of closure, we are never going to recover.” 

The mayor has ‘constraints’

There are limits to what a mayor can accomplish, particularly in addressing an issue as large as pandemic recovery.

“Mayoral candidates have to live within the relatively narrow constraints and hope they can lobby the government,” said Tony Travers, a professor in the school of public policy at the London School of Economics.

Many Londoners have voted in advance of the May 6 election day due to coronavirus restrictions. (Henry Nicholls/Reuters)

 

He says a big part of what happens will be determined at the national level, where decisions about lockdowns and restrictions are made. 

No matter who wins the mayoral election, Travers says post-pandemic London is going to look different, with many businesses closed for good and new ones taking shape. 

“London will get a bit younger, possibly a little bit poorer, but with lots of new businesses starting in sort of refreshed,” he said. Travers believes it’s a phenomenon that will be seen in cities across the world, including Toronto and Vancouver. 

Suraj Shah enjoys a pint at Ye Olde Mitre Inn in North London. He cast his vote for the Conservative Party candidate using a mail-in ballot, one of the precautions to keep the election COVID-safe. (Stephanie Jenzer/CBC News)

Back at the Ye Olde Mitre Inn Pub, Suraj Shah enjoys a pint on the patio. He sees London as a dynamic city and admits that while there has been criticism about how it dealt with the pandemic, overall he is satisfied with the approach. 

The accountant has already cast his ballot for the Conservative candidate, and credits Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party with the success the country is seeing right now when it comes to vaccinations and re-opening. 

“I personally believe if I compare it with Europe, if I compare it to what currently India is going through,” he said, “I think we are in a winning situation.”

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Astronauts with disabilities can apply to Europe’s space agency for 1st time

In our push for a human presence in space, there has been a group who have been left out, no matter how well-educated, fit or skilled they are: people with physical disabilities. The European Space Agency is aiming to change that.

The crew for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 are pictured during a training session at the SpaceX training facility in Hawthorne, Calif. From left are: mission specialist Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency, pilot Megan McArthur, commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and mission specialist Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. (SpaceX)

Since humans began to have a presence in space, only about 550 people have been in orbit around our planet. That’s because astronauts are considered the elite: well-educated, in peak physical health and skilled. There has been, however, a group who have been left out of the running, no matter how well-educated, fit or skilled they are: people with physical disabilities.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is aiming to change that. 

In its most recent recruitment call for four to six astronauts, the agency announced its Parastronaut Feasibility Project aimed at including candidates with some physical disabilities.

Aside from fulfilling rigorous requirements, which include having a Master’s degree or higher in natural sciences, medicine, engineering, mathematics or computer science, the astronaut candidates can apply if:

  • They have a lower limb deficiency (for example, due to amputation or congenital limb deficiency).
  • They have a leg length difference.
  • They are of short stature (<130 cm).

It’s something that ESA believes has been a long time coming.

“It’s in the principle of diversity and inclusiveness,” Lucy van der Tas, head of talent acquisition at ESA.

For the first time in over a decade, ESA is looking for new astronauts. The agency is allowing astronauts with some physical disabilities to apply to go to space. (ESA)

In particular, van der Tas said that only one of the six astronauts from the last recruitment call was a woman, something they’re trying to address by getting more women to apply (women only accounted for 15.5 per cent of applicants). They’re aiming to increase that number to 50 per cent, while making the entire process more inclusive.

“So we’re making a big push to attract more women to apply,” van der Tas said. “At the same time the discussion started, insofar as no one has ever put somebody with a disability in space. And why not? And if we don’t start now, it’s never going to happen.”

The vacancy closes on May 28 with the final selection announced in October 2022.

‘Oh, my God. Finally’

When Heather heard the news, she was ecstatic.

“My first reaction was, ‘Oh, my God, finally,’ she said. “Then, ‘Oh, but it’s not the Canadian Space Agency.'”

Heather, who asked not to have her last name published due to fears about discrimination when searching for work, is a mechanical engineer living in southwestern Ontario. She has long dreamed about becoming an astronaut and said it’s still her dream job. But, as she was born with cerebral palsy, that dream has been out of her reach.

“Right at the outset [the current process] rules someone like me out,” she said. “There are going to be limitations that some people physically can’t meet, but to rule everybody out with one brush … you’re just stopped right at the door.”

With a view of the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building to the left, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soars upward from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 23, 2021, carrying the company’s Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule. (NASA/Ben Smegelsky)

Her cerebral palsy affects her left side, and she has limited use of her hands, meaning she still doesn’t meet the criteria in ESA’s newest recruitment, but she still said it’s a relief to see people with disabilities represented.

“There isn’t the visibility. And so you see all the astronauts, you see those people [and think] ‘that’s not me,'” she said. 

While Canada is an associate member state of ESA, it is not part of their astronaut program, so Canadians can’t apply. 

In 2007, world renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who had motor neurone disease which left him immobile, flew in zero gravity in a modified Boeing 727 jet (the plane flies in parabolic arcs that simulate weightlessness). 

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Following suit

While ESA’s program may be a welcome start to many, it’s just that: a start.

The current plan — which has a 1-million Euro budget — is to reassess hardware, training and other mission elements to determine what modifications may be needed to ensure people with physical disabilities are able to operate safely in space. 

“Safety is a big deal in space, and the safety of all participants,” van der Tas said. “Also, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in space. So the person will also need to be able to contribute to the activities that have been done up there.”

Canadian astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques stand in front of the Columbus simulator at the European Space Agency. There are several places around the world where astronauts train, including at the Canadian Space Agency’s Robotic Training Centre in Montreal. (CSA/ESA/Sabine Grothues)

While no other space agencies are exploring missions for astronauts with disabilities, an emailed statement from NASA said they are following ESA’s program with interest.

“NASA applauds ESA’s emphasis on diversity and inclusion for its para-astronaut selection process and program. NASA shares a common goal with our commercial and international partnerships to make space fully accessible,” the agency said.

The Canadian Space Agency said they “explored opening recruitment campaigns to people with disabilities in the past, however, through preliminary consultations with partners at the time, we could not identify a disability that would not limit mission assignment.”

They also said that, “although there is currently no recruitment campaign planned in Canada, we look forward to the results of ESA’s project, which aims to offer professional spaceflight opportunities to a wider pool of people.”

Heather said she’s still holding out hope that Canada will make changes to their recruitment program.

“I really would like to see us step up and say this is obviously the direction we’re going,” she said. “It’s time we made some changes.”

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Young males being disappeared by Myanmar security forces

Myanmar’s security forces are arresting and forcibly disappearing thousands of people, especially boys and young men, in a sweeping bid to break the back of a three-month uprising against a military takeover.

Anti-coup protesters flash the pro-democracy three-finger salute during a rally in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday. The ruling junta continues to face a challenge in the cities and towns of Myanmar, where street protests are still being held more than three months after it seized power. (The Associated Press)

Myanmar’s security forces moved in and the street lamps went black.

House after house, people shut off their lights.

Huddled inside her Yangon home, 19-year-old Shwe dared to peek out her window. A flashlight shone back, and a man’s voice ordered her not to look.

Two gunshots rang out. Then a man’s scream.

When the military’s trucks finally rolled away, Shwe and her family emerged to look for her 15-year-old brother.

“I could feel my blood thumping,” she says. “I had a feeling that he might be taken.”

Anti-coup protesters burn tires and chant slogans during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on Monday. (The Associated Press)

Across Myanmar, security forces are arresting and forcibly disappearing thousands of people, especially boys and young men, in a sweeping bid to crush a three-month uprising against a military takeover.

In most cases, the families of those taken don’t know where they are.

UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, is aware of around 1,000 cases of children or young people who have been arbitrarily arrested and detained.

It is a technique the military has long used to instill fear and crush pro-democracy movements.

The boys and young men are taken from homes, businesses and streets.

Some end up dead. Many are imprisoned and sometimes tortured. Many more are missing.

“We’ve definitely moved into a situation of mass enforced disappearances,” says Matthew Smith, co-founder of the human rights group Fortify Rights, which has collected evidence of detainees being killed in custody.

This March 21, 2021 photo obtained by The Associated Press shows blood stains left behind following a raid by Myanmar’s security forces on an auto body shop in Yangon. (The Associated Press)

Frantic search

The AP is withholding Shwe’s full name to protect her from retaliation by the military.

The autobody shop in Shwe’s neighbourhood was a regular hangout for local boys.

On the night of March 21, her brother had gone there to chill out like he usually did.

As Shwe approached the shop, she saw it had been ransacked. Frantic, she and her father scoured the building for any sign of their beloved boy.

But he was gone, and the floor was covered in blood.

Thousands detained

Ever since Myanmar’s military seized control in February, faces of the missing have flooded the internet.

Recently, photos of young people detained by security forces also have begun circulating online and on military-controlled television, their faces bloodied, with clear markings of beatings and possible torture.

At least 3,500 people have been detained since the military takeover began, more than three-quarters of whom are male, according to an analysis of data collected by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), which monitors deaths and arrests.

Of the 419 men whose ages were recorded in the group’s database, nearly two-thirds are under age 30, and 78 are teenagers.

Nearly 2,700 of the detainees are being held at undisclosed locations, an AAPP spokesman said.

“The military are trying to turn civilians, striking workers, and children into enemies,” said Ko Bo Kyi, AAPP’s joint secretary.

A Buddhist monk joins anti-coup protesters during a demonstration in Yangon on April 27. (The Associated Press)

“They think if they can kill off the boys and young men, then they can kill off the revolution.”

After receiving questions from The Associated Press, the military, known as the Tatmadaw, called a Zoom news conference, during which it dubbed the AAPP a “baseless organization,” suggested its data is inaccurate and denied security forces are targeting young men.

“The security forces are not arresting based on genders and ages,” said Capt. Aye Thazin Myint, a military spokesperson.

“They are only detaining anyone who is rioting, protesting, causing unrest, or any actions along those lines.”

Some of those snatched by security forces were protesting. Some have links to the military’s rival political party. Others are taken for no discernable reason.

Neighbours keep watch

Across the country, residents regularly take turns holding night watches, banging pots and pans or yelling to neighbours if soldiers or police are spotted.

“I am more afraid of being arrested than getting shot,” says one 29-year-old man who was arrested, beaten and later released, and who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid retribution.

Back in Yangon, Shwe tried to convince herself the blood on the floor of the shop wasn’t her brother’s.

He and three other young men from the shop had been hauled away. Neighbours said security forces may have targeted the boys because they spotted someone inside the shop with a steel dart slingshot.

At 2 a.m., a police officer called to say Shwe’s brother was at a military hospital and had been shot in the hand.

Shwe’s family told the police that her brother was underage. On March 27, they learned that her brother and the three others had been charged with possession of weapons, and sentenced to three years in prison.

They were allowed one brief phone call with him when he was first hospitalized. Her brother told their anguished mother: “I am OK.”

Shwe worries for her brother, as well as for their mother, who cries and cries, and for their father, who aches for his only son.

For now, they can do little more than wait and hope: That he won’t be beaten. That he will get a pardon. That the people of Myanmar will soon feel safe again.

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Broadway shows will reopen this fall, says New York governor

In a further move toward returning the U.S.’s largest city to pre-pandemic normality, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says tickets to Broadway shows will go on sale Thursday for performances beginning on Sept. 14.

On Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Broadway would resume operations this fall. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

In a further move toward returning the U.S.’s largest city to pre-pandemic normality, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says tickets to Broadway shows will go on sale Thursday for performances beginning on Sept. 14.

Cuomo made the announcement on Wednesday amid other changes, including the city’s Major League Baseball teams, the Yankees and the Mets, giving free tickets to fans who get vaccinated for the coronavirus at their ballparks before games.

But news of Broadway’s reopening stood out. When the original closure was announced on March 12, 2020 — which was only scheduled to last 32 days — industry watchers saw it as a troubling sign of the seriousness of the pandemic.

Even before it was extended, the 32-day closure was the longest shutdown in the history of Broadway.

After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, operations only ceased for a few days. The longest stretches when theatres went dark previously were due to strikes in 1918 and 1975 — both of which lasted less than a month. Shows continued to run during the 1918-1919 flu pandemic.

Heartbeat of the city

When the 2020 closure was announced, the New York Times called the theatre district a “symbol of New York resilience,” and quoted Tony Award-winning actor Patti LuPone saying it was shocking that the “heartbeat of the city” had been “forced into darkness.”

“Broadway is major part of our state’s identity and economy,” Cuomo wrote in a tweet on Wednesday, “and we are thrilled that the curtains will rise again.”

NEW: Broadway shows will be ready to open September 14 at 100% capacity. Tickets go on sale starting tomorrow.

Broadway is major part of our state’s identity and economy, and we are thrilled that the curtains will rise again.

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Cuomo first spoke of Broadway reopening in an address on Monday, when he included it among restrictions for restaurants, bars, shops, salons and amusement parks scheduled to be lifted on May 19. 

At the time, he said Broadway would be able to resume shows on the same date, but the Broadway League, the trade association representing the 41 theatres, said a fall reopening would be more likely.

The organization confirmed tickets would go on sale at Broadway.org on May 6, though was careful to note that plans could still change. 

“We are thrilled that Governor Cuomo clearly recognizes the impact of Broadway’s return on the city and state’s economy and the complexity of restarting an entire industry that has been dormant for over a year,” Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, was quoted as saying in a news release. 

“We remain cautiously optimistic about Broadway’s ability to resume performances this fall and are happy that fans can start buying tickets again.”

Customers are informed of Broadway’s closure at the Minskoff Theatre on March 12, 2020, in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

When Broadway first closed, there were 31 plays and musicals running, including Hamilton, The Music Man with Hugh Jackman, and The Lion King. Eight more were scheduled to begin by mid-April. 

The Broadway that reopens will look different. In May, the big budget Disney musical Frozen decided not to reopen when Broadway theaters restart. Producers of Mean Girls also decided not to restart. The musical Wicked has since announced it will return for a summer tour in 2021. 

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Michael Schumacher health update: Where is Michael Schumacher now? Can he walk?

Michael Schumacher says he ‘never felt good enough’ in 2013

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Michael Schumacher, despite years of inactivity, remains one of the most accomplished and beloved sportspeople in the world. He retired from racing in 2013 following a severe brain injury, and Lewis Hamilton has since overtaken him in terms of winnings. Relatives of the seven-time world champion rarely share his progress, leaving doctors to lift the lid on his situation, and while they insist the sportsman will battle on, their prognoses are less than optimistic in some cases. 

Where is Michael Schumacher now?

Michael Schumacher should have celebrated his 52nd birthday on January 3, 2021, but instead is holed up at home after suffering a debilitating accident.

In December 2013, while on a skiing trip with his family, Schumacher suffered a severe brain injury when descending the Combe de Saulire near Méribel in the French Alps with his son Mick.

While crossing an off-piste area between Piste Chamois and Piste Mauduit, he fell and hit his head on a rock.

Despite wearing a skiing helmet, he suffered catastrophic injuries. Schumacher was rushed to hospital and kept in a coma following the dramatic accident while doctors worked to save the racing champion.

They slowly pulled him out of unconsciousness, which they completed one year later in 2014.

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Michael Schumacher health update: Where is Michael Schumacher now? Can he walk? (Image: GETTY)

Michael Schumacher is still undergoing rehabilitation

Michael Schumacher is still undergoing rehabilitation (Image: GETTY)

Afterwards, his family moved him home to Gland, Switzerland, where he continues his rehabilitation.

In 2014, the Telegraph reported the racer was “paralysed and in a wheelchair”.

Schumacher’s former Ferrari boss Jean Todt said the racer has remained strong.

He told Radio Monte-Carlo in 2019 he had watched an F1 race with the driver, and he “keeps on fighting”.

Mr Todt said: “I’m always careful with such statements, but it’s true.”

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Michael Schumacher health update: Jean Todt is a close friend of Schumi’s (Image: GETTY)

“I saw the race together with Michael Schumacher at his home in Switzerland.

“Michael is in the best hands and is well looked after in his house.

“He does not give up and keeps fighting.”

Mr Todt mentioned their relationship is not quite the same as it once was, and Schumacher’s family continues to fight with him.

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Michael Schumacher health update: Bernie Ecclestone, too, is a good friend of Michael’s (Image: GETTY)

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Luca Badoer said Schumacher’s wife is the one who decides who visits (Image: GETTY)

He continued: “His family is fighting just as much and of course our friendship can not be the same as it once was.

“Just because there’s no longer the same communication as before.

“He continues to fight. And his family is fighting the same way.”

Another optimistic update came from F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, who said last month he was anticipating Michael could one day answer questions on his health himself.

He said: “He is not with us at the moment. But when he gets better, he’ll answer all the questions.”

While Schumacher continues on the road to recovery, only select people are allowed to see him. 

Luca Badoer, a former colleague of Schumacher’s at Ferrari, said only his wife chooses who is allowed to visit. 

He said: “Only a few people are allowed to visit Schumacher.

“His wife Corinna decides who is allowed to see him.”

Mihael Corinna Schumacher

Corinna Schumacher thanked Michael for doing “everything” (Image: GETTY)

While Mr Schumacher recovers, Italian Grand Prix winner Charles Leclerc has been hailed as his successor on the track.

FIA president Jean Todt and Formula 1 motorsport director Ross Brawn compared the Monegasque driver to the recovering racing hero.

Mr Leclerc said: “It’s always very nice to hear these type of things. But I’m only 21, I haven’t proved anything compared to what Michael has.

“So for now it’s it’s way too far to speak about these things I’m working on my career, trying to have the best career possible on my side.

“But obviously to be compared with this one, with these people it’s always an honour but it seems very far to me.”

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Michael and Corinna Schumacher (Image: GETTY)

In her first interview since Mr Schumacher’s injury, Michael’s wife Corinna thanked the F1 legend for “doing everything”.

She said: “When I was 30, I very much wanted to have a horse and Michael went with me to Dubai, where I intended to buy an Arabian horse.

“He did everything for me. I will never forget who I have to thank.

“That would be my husband Michael.”

Michael Schumacher's wife has denied visitation for Willi Weber

Michael Schumacher’s wife has denied visitation for Willi Weber (Image: GETTY)

According to Michael Schumacher’s former manager Willi Weber, Corinna has denied requests of a visit.

Speaking on an RTL special commemorating his maiden title win 25 years ago, he said:“I know that Michael has been badly hurt, but unfortunately not what progress he makes in rehab.

“I’d like to know how he’s doing and shake hands or stroke his face. But unfortunately this is rejected by Corinna.

“She probably fears that I will immediately recognise what is going on and make the truth public.”

Michael Schumacher's family has the final say in footage for the upcoming film

Michael Schumacher’s family has the final say in footage for the upcoming film (Image: GETTY)

Corinna Schumacher continues to make most of the decisions for her family, and has the final say along with Michael Schumacher’s father Rolf and their children Gina and Mick over footage used in an upcoming film about them.

According to production company B/14, development of the upcoming film – which was due for release next month – has now been postponed due to the “extensive material” included in the production.

One B/14 spokesman told Bild: “The directors and producers want to give themselves more time to complete the film due to the very extensive material.

“The new release date will be announced in due course.”