‘‘Protests don’t work’’ they say.
Well they don’t if you just have a single protest and then expect to sit back and wait for the world to change.
It needs a protest every day to get the attention of the media, politicians and public. This is now going to happen.
‘I’ve protested before and it just caused bad Press’’
The reason that the media have been able to report skewed or biased information is because there has never been any proper or effective media management before , during and after protests. If there is no message or the wrong message is being conveyed by the Taxi Trade then the media will report anything they want and will often be influenced by the TFL spin machine which will do into overdrive.
The message needs to be clear and concise.
The flyers for this protest seem to be doing just that; they list out the reasons why Taxi Drivers are protesting.
1/There needs to be a call for Uber to be suspended immediately because there is now conclusive evidence by the Deloitte investigation and by the Legal opinion of Licensing QCs that Uber have been licensed unlawfully.
2/ There needs to be a Public Inquiry into the utter corruption of TFL in licensing Uber and many other improper actions against the Taxi Trade, and the unlawful actions of Cameron, Osborne and Johnson.
In my view ii is not a good idea to talk about compensation at this stage. The root cause of all problems is the corruption. If you talk about money it gives the opportunity for the media to report the wrong thing and it could be twisted to say that the protests are about money by greedy Taxi Drivers (which is clearly not the case) Don’t give them the opportunity to twist the reason for the protests.
There should be Press Releases and a Press Conference.
A proper Press Release should be drafted and sent out in a formal way conveying the clear reasons for the protests as detailed above and in the flyers.
The media has to managed; the Press Release needs to provide contact details for whoever is managing the media on behalf of the Taxi Trade.
If there is no one doing this the message will get distorted and twisted and the true reasons will not get reported.
Who should the protest aimed at?
My belief that the main reasons that previous protests have either not been reported at all or misreported in favour of Uber or TFL , is because the media are biased by their ownership. There are links between those who run the media and those complicit with the corruption.
I think that some of the protests should be directed at the media organisations who deliberately don’t report the truth. Perhaps the BBC at Aldwych or White City?
Or Channel 4 and ITN at Grays Inn Rd?
They might change their minds if they can hear hundreds of Taxis protesting outside their studios.
ALL Taxi Drivers need to email and tweet the media on a daily basis until they report the truth.-see links below
2/ The Politicians.
It is the job of the Opposition to hold the Government to account. The Labour leadership has been given the information about the Tory corruption and the unlawful licensing of Uber.
They have remained silent and they need to be asked why.
The Tory politicians who have been given the information have also failed to challenge the corruption at the highest levels in the Tory Party and they need to be asked why.
ALL Taxi Drivers need to contact their MPs and ask them why they are taking no action.
They need to be tweeted and emailed on a daily basis.
Point Cab has set up a mechanism for contacting your MP and every driver and their families needs to put pressure on politicians.
If any Taxi org does not take action this week to support the driver led protests then their members should surely question the value of paying them money every month?
There needs to be daily protests at strategic locations with a clear message, management of the media and engagement with politicians.
I strongly believe that if ALL of these things are done at the same time there will be a good chance of success.
Here are some Media contacts if anyone wants to send emails or tweets or call . IF EVERY DRIVER DOES IT EVERY DAY THEY MAY REPORT THE TRUTH!
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