Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Update From Dada Defending Daughters : Empathy In High Places

Today I received a positive letter from my local MP, Bob Neill.

I wrote to every Mayoral candidate, the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Mayor of London, my local MP for Bromley & Chislehurst, the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, Rape Crisis England & Wales, and every single Taxi Charity we serve.
I received just five replies.
Personal replies from Bob Neill and Zac Goldsmith.
And assisted replies from Sadiq Khan, George Galloway and Boris Johnson.
I thank each and every one of those named. I know they are extremely busy individuals. Three of which are on a hectic campaign trail.

Of the other Mayoral candidates; I do understand they too have a busy schedule.

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust and Rape Crisis E&W seemed more concerned with donations than doing anything positive.

Sadly I have to report that not one of our Charities acknowledged my correspondence.
I thought their board of governors or management would have been only too pleased to give something back to a trade who have worked so tirelessly on their behalf.
Patrons of charities are excellent in the art of persuasion. They could have been of valuable service to the Licensed London Taxi trade, in our hour of need.
I wonder who they would turn to, if we were no more?

Empathy from the hierarchy, is not enough to combat apathy from our own rank and file.
We must start looking after ourselves.

Do not listen to what anyone promises; including your own Union/Club/Group/Association. Look instead to what they do. Actions speak louder.
Loud speaking actions are all well and good if they ultimately achieve something.
What has your Union/Club/Group/Association actually achieved?
Very little, is the answer I keep hearing.
So let's honour our side of the bargain. And insist they honour theirs.
Be more proactive.
Be more hands on, at branch level.
Tell your Union/Club/Group/Association, through their chain of command, what you expect from them.

If you are not a member of a Union/Club/Group/Association with legal cover, then you are a lone fool, and probably a member of that subservient eighty percent who hinder this trade.
If you are a member of a Union/Club/Group/Association, then you must at least meet them halfway and attend meetings, ask questions, proffer ideas, vote on issues, and answer a call to arms if need be.

We do not have to be alone.
We are legion ... if we are many.

Lenny Etheridge
Dads Defending Daughters


Dads Defending Daughters said...

Taxi blackout

A few weeks ago, my friend Sean Pier rang the editor of Taxi, the trade magazine, published by the LTDA. To ask him why there was no mention of the Dads Defending Daughters protest, on 9th March.

Sean told the editor how the Dads Defending Daughters demo caught everyone by surprise; including the BBC and police.
Explaining that Dads Defending Daughters are a cross Org group of concerned Taxi drivers. Who felt the safety of Londoners was being undermined by TfL, and condoned by a BBC blackout and corrupt politicians.

Sean told him that Dads Defending Daughters funded all their own banners, placards and leaflets out of their own pockets. And how they all took the risk of getting their collars felt and licenses jeopardised, for a just cause.
He went on to explain that although Dads Defending Daughters count themselves as fathers first and taxi drivers second, they marched as a trade unit.

As we all know, rape and sexual assault by Private Hire and Uber, has gone through the roof.
Assaults have been allowed to flourish, to mute public anger and protect the Board of TfL. To appease Uber lobbyists and culpable MPs who value profit above people.

Taxi's editor apologised, saying he had heard nothing about Dads Defending Daughters. And asked Sean to provide pertinent information and photographs, via email. He finished the call by promising to publish a story in the next edition.

But there was nothing in the next edition of Taxi magazine.
The BBC have a track record for putting celebs and the threat of scandal before the welfare of young people. So their blackout was expected, even though Dads Defending Daughters brought their protest to the very steps of Broadcasting House.
What was not expected, was a blackout by our own trade paper. By the LTDA.

Dads Defending Daughters consists of LTDA members, UCG, LCDC, Unite and RMT members.
Dads Defending Daughters is not an Org. Nor does it want to be.
To a man, every Dads Defending Daughters member of the LTDA has vowed to leave them.
Nor will any member of Dads Defending Daughters pick up another copy of Taxi ever again. They can rot in their stands.

All the LTDA do is spout rhetoric, beguile their members with false promises, and sleep with the enemy.
They have lead this trade by the nose, to exactly where TfL and their Board of Deregulators want them.

How so many pay so much for so little, baffles me.
Deregulate this bunch of shysters. Get rid of Oddy, by getting rid of your membership.

We are fighting TfL.
LTDA are TfL in disguise.

The Truth said...

"Don't listen to your union " "If you don't belong to a union you're a lone fool"
Make your mind up Lenny, what is it you want us to do ?