Article in the New Statesman : The Right are defending Uber, because they don't really understand it...
Rest in peace, British capitalism. You had a good run, but thanks to Sadiq Khan’s decision to end Uber’s licence to operate in London, it’s all over now
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TAXI LEAKS COMMENT, BY PRODUCER OF THE KNOWLEDGE, VAUGHAN WILLIAMS :
It's come to something when a lifelong Conservative voter like me is posting stuff from the New Statesman. Not that I'm likely to fling myself into the embrace of the sinister Mr McDonnell either, as I don't believe in the demonisation and penalisation of financial success and I remember the Brain Drain of the 60s/70s. Perhaps political, as well as physical, homelessness is just another feature of these strange times.
I'm not sure whether this latest initiative of genius from the Tories is another doomed attempt to get down with the kids, or a defence of robber-baron laissez-faire economics. They are trotting out rehashed Uber propaganda about job losses, when the "jobs" don't exist because the independently-licensed drivers still have the cars so will simply and quickly migrate to other, hopefully more socially responsible minicab platforms. Members of the British public are not as stupid as you seem to think, chaps, and recognise blatant lies when they see them.
The Conservatives are already vulnerable on the topic of Uber, given the unfortunate association between the Cameron circle and the company, so why on Earth are they queueing up to defend a company which is rapidly becoming a byword for the unacceptable face of capitalism ?
Uber lost its licence because they it was deemed not fit and proper to run a minicab company. The company's culture has been that of a technology startup - break the rules, the end justifies the means - a stance that is incompatible with providing a safe and socially responsible service to the public in a regulated environment.
So what is the Government saying ? :
" well, they MAY have been a bit rapey, but hey Sadiq, don't be TOO hard on them. They are known for being sensitive souls desperate to please, so a little slap on the wrist would have been enough. "
In harsh evidence that this vicious over-reaction against a digital innovator will brand the UK as the enemy of progress, I understand that Lyft are in discussions with TfL with a view to providing exactly the same service as Uber, but in a more socially responsible and adult manner.