Thursday, September 17, 2015

Letters to the editor : Alleged insults, collusion and fabrication

I cannot remember the last time London saw such a sustained, systematic and energised cohesive by so many individuals as it did yesterday. To say that it was driver led should be of great concern to the powers that be. 
Boris probably isn't so clever as whily as we make him out to be. 

Most would think strategically, the fact that he was steadfastly keeping to the prescribed agenda, and decided to antagonise an already antagonised crowd has only served to escalate cabbies defiance to take him to task. 

Furthermore, the Chair exasperated the utter rage drivers are feeling by insinuating dehumanisation by referring to those in the gallery as 'these people'.

The very fact that people's lives are being financially and emotionally disrupted with no definite end in sight, and the idea that the monthly faux scrutiny held at the GLA couldn't possibly be disrupted in the slightest, goes to show how detached our bureaucrats become once they move into the glass testicle.

Sean Day

I've had a few people study the webcasts from yesterday and the consensus of opinion is the Mayor's insults were definitely contrived to cause a destructive reaction so he could walk out. 

The heckles could well have been calmed down and Boris should have been asked by the chair to withdraw his insult as in this chamber he's not covered by parliamentary privilege.

After the chamber was cleared, the Chair (Tony Arbour) made a damaging attack on the Taxi trade which was immediately picked up by the media, branding drivers as rioting, aggressive and violent. He also made a claim that three security guards were assaulted and in fact one was knocked unconscious.

This is of course  fabrication and I would expect the LTDA, LCDC, UCG to demand CCTV evidence of any assault. 
If no evidence is forthcoming, we should demand AM Arbour puts out a statement to the press stating he was misinformed about the incident.

Robert Ellis.

Editorial Comment :

Posted yesterday on Twitter and FaceBook

Why should we be expected to believe the statement from the assembly member who wasn't present and discard a statement made by a police officer who was allegedly at the scene?

I think the question should now be asked, why someone with a 'heart condition' has been employed as a security guard, to such an important public building?
Surely these security staff have to have regular medicals, as required of Taxi drivers?

Interview with Grant Davis Chairman of the London Cab Drivers Club 16-09-2015.