The Knowledge of London is the Bedrock of the Cab Trade started in 1851, it was ordered by Prince Albert that all London cab drivers should know where they were going.
This was because cab drivers knowledge was poor at the time of the Great Exhibition, since that time we have had the Knowledge of London, which has become an institution just like Parliament, how dear the Conservatives call for the removal of the greatest form of rehabilitation I know which is the Knowledge.
I wonder would these same Mps call for the removal of Black Rod, I think not, we are part of the fabric of this Society, we are London not the Private hire, we must not let the Knowledge be destroyed at any cost, but we must stay within the law to do so.
We pride ourselves on being the best in the World no one else can come close to us, and that is because of the KNOWLEDGE OF LONDON, they call it archaic, but in the West Indian community we have a saying ( A NEW BROOM SWEEPS CLEAN BUT AN OLD BROOM ALWAYS KNOWS THE CORNERS ).
If the Knowledge goes then the Cab Trade goes then thousands of others who earn off the Cab Trade will go, the domino effect,
WE MUST SPEAK AND THINK AND MOVE AS ONE MORE THAN EVER.
DON'T BE DISHEARTENED TRY AND KEEP STRONG BECAUSE AS ONE WE ARE STRONG.
Editorial Comment by Marc Turner
My sentiments entirely Courtney. Unfortunately our trade greatest threat is from the 'apathy' of the majority of our own colleagues.
They believe in letting others fight their battles, then no doubt espouse in the shelters how they would save the trade. But the truth is most of them don't have any stomach for the fight.
All it would take for the authorities to take heed would be one substantial 'lawful' demo of approx 10/15,000 (from all orgs or none).
But as has been proved most of our numbers can't be arsed, or just gutless!!
Know your enemies!
Below is the Tory group that want to put an end to the 164 years of "The knowledge of London"
Remember these people when it's time to vote!
"These people" want to do away with our job, so let's campaigne to do away with theirs.