So said the famous author Mark Twain when his obituary appeared in a newspaper, so it is with us, despite a well expensed and of course non UK tax paying PR campaign placing stories in the press and laughable surveys about how great they are.
We actually find out there's some "rotten in the state of Denmark" ( or is it the Holland or the Cayman Islands as no one is quite sure?) as the sweated labour (aka the drivers) kick up a fuss about the terms and conditions of their shackles, it sure seems likely that something is disrupting the disrupters!
So has our battle been won?
Not yet boys and girls, not anywhere near.
There's a lot of effort needed to ensure the regulators and the legal framework acts as it should and put clear distinctions between us plying for hire and they who must be pre booked.
The other PH outfits are screaming blue murder but they need to reflect on their previous lobbying for the introduction of a 'light touch' licensing regime that's come back to bite them, we as a trade should reflect on how some of our trade organisations also allowed it to come to pass.
Still all that's a history and we need to look forward, campaign for legal certainty, provision of ranks & CCTV outside every 'honey pot' etc. etc.
Lastly a message to the interlopers:
We have been the world champion cab trade for over 350 years undefeated, if you want to knock us out, your going to need more than shocking drivers, political lobbying, shafting with surge pricing, non existent customer service or any clue of the geography of this big old town before you can even come close with a punch.
As another Travis said
"you looking at me?"
Travis, you bet we are!