Friday, March 31, 2017

ITA Demo Against Government Corruption : We Are The Masters Of Our Own Fate


Yesterday morning the driver lead Taxi group, the Independent Taxi Alliance (ITA) called an on the foot demonstration in protest of the corruption highlighted in the national media this week.


Both the Prime Minister and then Chancellor leaned on the previous mayor Boris Johnson to go easy on the American Internet platform based app Uber.

Boris then leaned on TfL who, instead of enforcing  the legislation -as they do with licensed taxis- relaxed the regulations to allow Uber to get away with murder. 


In light of the atrocities from last weekend, it was felt necessary not to put pressure on the police, by blocking the streets and upsetting the general public. It was felt an on foot demo would be the most appropriate form of demonstration.

The ITA, were fully supported by drivers of the militants Dads Defending Daughters group and the night drivers Mayfair Mob.
 

It was a tremendous turn out with rank and file drivers from all orgs and unions, sporting lanyards of every colour. 


The protest started at the Tory HQ in Mathew Parker Street. Virtually every attendee was handed a banner, paid for by a collection from DDD and MM members. 

The group then headed towards Victoria and made their presence felt outside TfL's main HQ, Windsor House. 

Drivers shouted up at the Windows "We want Daniels out"
 
The group then marched along to Downing Street.

As a mark of respect, when the group entered Parliament Square, banners were lowered and the group marched along Whitehall in silence to Downing Street. 


The placards and banners let everyone know exactly what the drivers were protesting about. 

It's ok having a drive in, but if no one knows why your there, it's a waste of everyone's time. 


The group then made there way down across the foot bridge and over the river, on towards Palestra. 


Despite another orgs attempts to belittle the protest, on social media, it was a major success and attendance (always hard to attract on foot) was better than expected.

We are the masters of our own fate, let's not drag defeat from the jaws of victory.