December 2nd, 2013

Lammy’s London Policy is Off the Rails

Fiercely bright London Mayor hopeful David Lammy has come up with an ingenious plan to help London’s commuters while on a fact-finding mission to Paris:

Guido cannot envisage a single problem with this plan. He’s sure Lammy has fully costed the proposal to widen and heighten all of those deep tube tunnels that would have to double in size.


  1. 1
    bergen says:

    Someone should remind him to engage brain before opening mouth.

  2. 2
    Jack Dromey says:

    Did someone say Double Dicker?

  3. 3
    Ah!!!!!!!!!! M says:

    They eat Double Deckers up North.

  4. 4
    PM says:

    Double decker trains between London and the north would be much cheaper than HS2.

  5. 5
    A Einstein says:

    Simply, convert all tunnels to quantum tunnels.

  6. 6
    Another Labour Breakthrough says:

    What’s the problem?
    Get people stored on board horizontally instead of vertically!

  7. 7
    Michael O'Leary says:

    Make em all lie on top of each other. Simples.

  8. 8
    Normski says:

    About right for our dim witted politicians.

  9. 9
    Bloomy Berger reporter says:

    I was caught shitting in a public place Guido

    I won my bet

  10. 10
    Cher says:

    Gypsies tramps and thieves
    they’re coming to a city near you next month
    Gypsies tramps and thieves
    and every night the men would come around
    and abuse the females that they found

  11. 11
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    So that’s a double decker whammy from lammy. Labour’s tunnel crisis.

  12. 12
    Sob story of the day. says:

    Marie Buchan, 31, who lives with her children aged two months to 12 years in a housing association property in Selly Oak, Birmingham, says she’s struggling. She used to claim £582 a week until the benefits cap was introduced in September, cutting her benefits to £500 a week. Miss Buchan, who owes £600 in bus lane fines and is £2,000 behind with her rent, says: ‘I don’t waste my money – it’s tough bringing up eight children on your own.’

  13. 13
    Bob Crow says:

    Only if the trains have two drivers!

  14. 14
    Sir William Wayde says:

    They could make the passengers lie down, like on slave ships.

  15. 15
    Worm says:

    We can do that.

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    She owes £600 in bus lane fines ? And how is that my problem ? Learn to drive love.

    ‘8 children on your own ?’ Slag.

  17. 17
    David Lammy says:

    Given enough time I’m sure some white bloke will work out the details.

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    Trahnsport f' Lahndn innit says:

    Why can’t people stay in one place instead of moving about so much?

  20. 20
    Just sayin says:

    From the air, the roof of the Glasgow bar appears to be open ground.

  21. 21
    Bilbo Baggins says:

    It would work in The Shire.

  22. 22
    A joke for clever folk says:

    An electron enters a hotel and says “good evening I have a reservation”

    The receptionist says “Would you like some help with your luggage?”

    The electron replies “No thanks, I’m travelling light”

  23. 23
    But.. says:

    He doesn’t seem to have all those components.

  24. 24
    Wait - what! says:

    Another lawyer that doesn’t know his arse from his elbow, I bet his constituents are very proud.
    Why did he have to go to France (was it at our expense?) when he could’ve Google’d it anyway?

  25. 25
    A Romanian Enricher says:

    So what?

  26. 26
    Just sayin says:

    Hong Kong has the answer. The ants walk a short distance from a block of flats to a block of offices and home again, ad infinitum.

  27. 27
    Bilda Berger says:

    Brill. And charge each passenger €10 every time he stands up.

  28. 28
    BBC bum boy says:

    It is all Fachur’s fault

  29. 29
    Google Tunnel View says:

    Not yet, but coming soon.

  30. 30
    Gentoo says:

    This idea used to crop up as an April Fool – says it all really.

  31. 31
    golly says:

    Err this Lammy? The 13-Point Mastermind

  32. 32
    The Fantasic Voyage says:

    Or shrink them.

  33. 33
    Then.. says:

    The particle waves goonight

  34. 34
    Vote UKIP - it is your duty says:

    He’s on a fuck-finding mission paid for by us.

  35. 35
    Fed-up taxpayer says:

    “I don’t waste my money”

    No, you waste ours instead.

  36. 36
    D'jango Piccadilly says:

    I suppose we could all lie flat and thn an extra floor could be put into the existing rolling stock..

  37. 37
    Nigel S says:

    Too metrocentric, not everyone commutes on the tube, it would work on HS1 and HS2 of course.

  38. 38
    David Lammy not the brightest button in the box says:

    Is this why the lefties are now saying there is no such thing as IQ, Intelligence or some people are THICK?

  39. 39
    One-term Dave says:

    Aha! See? See? Everyone! See? Someone’s interested in HS2!! I told you someone would be!

    Ha ha ha haaaa! I’m vindicated! Oh, happy day! Ooh, I’m so happy I could smash a restaurant, I really could!

  40. 40
    Dugher Grave says:

    I’m sure my copy said Marie ‘Bucketfanny’

  41. 41
    Err says:

    the top photo has been shopped

  42. 42
    David too many Tweets makes a Twat Cameron says:

  43. 43
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    Got something I need to say…not been an easy decision to make, hope you can support me! :)

    I’m a “One Term” Prime Minister.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    hes been watching to much doctor who. thinks the tube is a tardis

  45. 45
    But.. says:

    You mean he isn’t really 20 foot tall?

  46. 46
    Eddie the Beagle says:

    I think the joke should have been about a photon.

  47. 47
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    BBC one o’clock news.
    The governments measures will see energy bills rise less. Not £50 off the bill.

    Knock £50 off the tv license tax, NOW!

  48. 48
    Do they mean.. says:

    F UKinChina?

  49. 49
    A joke for clever folk says:

    Aha you are clever

  50. 50
    The Conservative Party says:

    A one-term catastrophe, more like.

  51. 51
    Ed Miliband says:

    I have no chance of becoming Prime Minister.

  52. 52
    Toby says:

    Not to be too much of a pedant but this is slightly unfair on David Lammy. The trains pictured are for the RER, not the Metro. The RER is their version of Crossrail which they built ages ago….

  53. 53
    Do they mean.. says:

    I think the joke should have been funny.

  54. 54
    Tony Blair says:

    She looks vaguely familiar !

  55. 55
    Fbi says:

    Lammy should stayed in london to protecy LU booking offices from closure and stop all strikes. Is trip paid for by the unions

  56. 56
    Seems impractical says:

    Her chopsticks have got flags on them.

  57. 57
    Think of a number and Log it. says:

    Well Done Nige. You have just quadrupled the cost of HS2 now that all tunnels will have to go deeper in order to be larger, all cuttings will have to be enlarged, all bridges revised and all stations re-designed. Not forgetting all the extra power required to propel the bulk of a double decker at half the speed of sound. You are sure there are enough Brummies wanting a day in the smoke to fill it?

  58. 58
    Mick P says:

    So she’s single then?

  59. 59
    Err says:

    Painfull . Versailles was built as a prison!!!

  60. 60
    Rupert Murdoch says:

    Do you want some of this?!?

  61. 61
    One-term Dave says:

    Fear not, young Ed, for I am working tirelessly for your victory.

  62. 62
    NOT nellnewman says:

    Make the train run sideways. That way the length will be the height.


    Next problem?

  63. 63
    Tony Blair says:

    So Dave has a Chink in his armour too.

  64. 64
    Handycœck says:

    There are better places to go abroad if you want to visit dark damp ‘tunnels’


  65. 65
    Nigel S says:

    No that is the standard gauge to which HS1 has already been built. You know, the one that arrives at St Pancras.

  66. 66
    Nerd Alert says:


  67. 67
    Tony Blair says:

    Bring it on, Grandad.

  68. 68
    Nigel S says:

    Don’t any of you have computers with Google or a basic knowledge of the history of railways?

  69. 69
    Ladder? I see no Ladder... says:

  70. 70
    Nigel S says:

    He may be but he’s right which you probably find even more annoying.

  71. 71
    Hercule Poirot says:

    Does St Pancras actually exist, or is it one of those fictional stations that only exist in Agatha Christie novels?

  72. 72
    When Dee says:

    Me love you looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time.

  73. 73
    But.. says:

    HINT: We don’t really care..

  74. 74
    Hercule Poirot says:

    The two would be mutually exclusive, surely?

  75. 75
    Err says:

    It looks like you have to be obese before you win the Euro Lottery. How do they fix it?

  76. 76
    Amazon Warehouse Packer says:

    That wouldn’t save space as people are already packed together vertically at peak times.

    I’m surprised that Lammy hadn’t heard of double-decker trains. They’ve had them for decades in Germany too. Why does he need to be taken on atour to see them?

    I wonder whether Amsterdam has anything we could learn from.

  77. 77
    Anonymous says:

    There are overground trains in London too…

  78. 78
    Jack Dromey says:

    Come here Big Boy.

  79. 79
    Err says:


    Next crap answer?

  80. 80
    altruism in industry says:

    I hope all the Churches have bolted down every altar adornment.

  81. 81
    Mr A Winner says:

    You are Toby and I claim my £5.

  82. 82
    Brown Envelope says:

    David Lammy might like to ask around as to what the geological features of Paris are that differ from those in London before spouting his stuff.

    Where we should be fair though, is that like many MPs he has probably not been on the underground in London very much and not given these matters much thought.

  83. 83
    Spineless Dave says:

    Isn’t St Pancreas the patron saint of Chinese Ebay auctions?

  84. 84
    But.. says:

    I also saw some buildings..and a few cars. Anything else?

  85. 85
    New Church Roof Appeal says:

    We tried. They nicked the bolts.

  86. 86
    Mornington Crescent says:

    True – but it’s Lammy that’s linking the two, not Guido.

    Crossrail should indeed have double-decker trains – a criticism you should address to the Government that approved it: Labour.

    Better still, if the same Labour Gov hadn’t jam packed this country full of the world’s flotsam and jetsam, overcrowding wouldn’t be such a problem.

  87. 87
    The Duke says:

    Just look at the picture of the greedy bitch on the Daily Mail’s website – she wants our money and is completely shameless in demanding it.

    She needs sterilising for a start btw…

    Oh and no surprise that her ex-partner is black and has done a runner and probably not contributing towards the costs of his ugly sprogs.

  88. 88
    The only good MP is a dead MP says:

    “like many MPs he has probably not been on the underground in London very much and not given these any matters much thought.”

    There we go, sorted.

  89. 89
    P l e b says:

    So lets gets this right. Its actually taxpayers who are paying for the reduction and NOT the utility companies.

    And where has this money come from ? Cutting benefits for the poorest so that they are even less likely to be able to heat their homes ?

  90. 90
    hackney gazette says:

    Local residents tell unwelcome intruder to stay off their property

  91. 91
    Might as well future proof says:

    Never been to St Pancras in me life Nige, so no, I don’t know it.

    But would have thought in the case of HS2 then four tracks would be sensible, plus a water main to supply London with water from the North, a super electric extension lead, a cycle track and a canal.

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    Will says:

    bus lane fines I have a car and have never so far paid bus lane fines, maybe because I make sure I don’t transgress into them.

    Another of the entitled generation,

    How much do the fathers of the 8 children contribute to their upbringing at all or do the taxpayers of this country have to pay as usual.

  94. 94
    Sick of the greed and lies(still) says:

    Labour’s response to the question of paying for it would be to re-introduce the Bank Bonus tax to pay for it. It seems to be used to pay for everything.

  95. 95
    Mitch says:

    They’re increasing other taxes by £50 so that this particular tax can come down. You might conclude that that’s a con..

  96. 96
    The two blokes pretending to be on a ladder. says:

    Can’t you read? No coloureds.

  97. 97
    Will says:

    I know lets reduce the licence fee by £120 and save all households who pay it some money !!

    Put lord pattern on £50 a day plus oystercard capped a daily amount.

  98. 98
    Vote UKIP - it is your duty says:

    Tube overcrowding? Another of the many splendid benefits of the Liblabcon-men’s policy of unfettered immigration.

  99. 99
    CMDD says:

    Even I could not work that out so succinctly ……….

    but bum sex is much more important to my dysfunctional so called Government….

    Number 8, 17 & 69 chop chop

  100. 100
    Master Mindless says:

    Go easy on him – he can’t help the way he was born.

    By that I mean Labour filth.

  101. 101
    Brown Envelope says:

    Thank you. As you are probably aware, I usually get slipped into their pockets with a nod and a wink – there is very little discussion or thought going on when I am brought into things.

  102. 102
    Jeremy Clarkson says:

    Turn the tunnels into cycle lanes…that’s my suggestion.


  103. 103
    Obvious ages ago says:

    Tom Daley is gay, what a surprise.

  104. 104
    Spinmeister Flash says:

    Or you migt concur that the effect is ‘progressive’ in that higher rate tax payers will pay more for this than lower rate taxpayers.

  105. 105
    Right wing gay boy says:

    Heterosexual socialist. Bound to be especially dim.

  106. 106
    Make Londoner's walk says:

    Now the underground is computerized from tickets to commuter controls don’t allow Londoner’s on if their journey is walkable.

    It would help burn off all this excess energy.

    Head will know what the legs are doing and with practice the head will know what the mouth is doing and better still the hand is doing and control will appear.

  107. 107
    Narcissistic Nonsense watch says:

    He has expressed surprise, presumably because he has never had a good long hard look at himself in the mirror before.

  108. 108
    Vote UKIP - it is your duty says:

    Yes the 1% who pay 30% of the taxes will be paying for it. Good socialist principles. Is that why you are complaining?

  109. 109
    Nice Boys says:

    What do you think the sleeping arrangements are with those 2 guys?

  110. 110
    On the way Out Cleggy says:

    I fully agree with Dave & also working tirelessly for my EUSSR masters to
    ensure I meet my goal of a fully funded Brussels lifeboat after I have
    been ejaculated at the G.E

  111. 111
    Labour says:

    Zil lanes would be better.

  112. 112
    London Sightseeing says:

    And some Pigeons, and loads of beggars and Chuggers thousands of them.

  113. 113
    Bob Crow says:

    Change anything and we will be on strike comrades.
    By the way I’m struggling to heat my council house, getting by on a 6 figure salary isn’t easy.

  114. 114
    Anonymous says:

    He was talking about commuter rail, not the metro. Dick.

  115. 115
    Vote UKIP - it is your duty says:

    But what happens when they enter the tunnels or go under the bridges or under all the signal gantries,etc ?

  116. 116
    The one on the left says says:

    There are times when one can really regret not having a powered-up taser on you when you need it

  117. 117
    Caradog says:

    This the brainbox who thought there was something racist in the black or white smoke during the election of the new Pope!

  118. 118
    Captain Kirk says:

    Exactly, Beam them along, Scottie.

  119. 119
    dieting may help says:

    If these 16 plus stone chaps and 12 plus stone girls dieted more humans could be squeezed on.

  120. 120
    Tristram Hunt(Prime Minister Designate) says:

    I assume you have a degree in Philosophy. Would that be a rude question?

  121. 121
    Ed Miliband says:

    Send the bill to the public. That’s what I do.

  122. 122
    Mornington Crescent says:

    It’s Haringey, not Harringay; I can’t see a ladder; I can only see two people.

  123. 123
    Will says:

    the poor taxpayer is finally getting fed up with subsidizing the lifestyles of others to have large families. The guardian claims that this is because of the hard hearted nature of people, but I think the problem is that thye never have to encounter these individuals so it does not effect them.

    we cannot have a benefits system that pays out to all if they have not contributed to the system or schools where teachers spend half the time trying to get pupils to speak English or integrate them.

  124. 124
    The Green Party says:

    Bring back steam trains

  125. 125
    Vote UKIP - it is your duty says:

    So he wants to spend even more transport money on London and nothing on anything north of Watford?

  126. 126
    Will says:

    this is why most people try to avoid the frightbus in London, but we cant all claim taxis on expenses

  127. 127
    Heisenburgh says:

    I’m uncertain

  128. 128
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Quite a few Richards* in the central reservation of Park Lane, graciously lain by our R0manian friends. I even heard someone spe’aking English once.

    *Rhyming slang.

  129. 129
    Vote UKIP - it is your duty says:

    Is he a burglar?

  130. 130
    Snotsicle says:

    A small, brown Richard the Third?

  131. 131
    Spek Savers says:

    After running all our tests, we can say for certain that he does not have tunnel vision.

  132. 132
    John Bellingham says:

    At the same hotel an atom claimed that he had lost an electron. The receptionist asked if he sure. the Atom said that he was positive.

  133. 133
    Matilda says:

    .. even though everyone knows it was not guilty? Disgraceful.

  134. 134
    John Bellingham says:

    “We don’t allow faster-than-light particles in here”, said the barman. A tachyon walks into a pub.
    (I have a ten to the power six of ‘em.)

  135. 135
    Hippo Drome says:

    Oh fuck! Who let him out on his own again?

  136. 136
    Hippo Drome says:

    There was a young fellow name Bright
    who traveled much faster than light.
    He went out one day in a relative way
    and arrived home the previous night.

  137. 137
    Hippo Drome says:

    You mean the ones that burn all that disgusting smoke creating coal?

  138. 138
    R. Dentposter says:

    Is it just my laptop? But does anyone know why this blog always jumps back halfway up the page when it resets after a comment is added?

  139. 139
    NOT nellnewman says:

    What’s the matter with you?

    Didn’t they ever give you a Rubik’s Cube?

  140. 140
    El Sid says:

    Almost what was needed for the experiment with 4DD double deckers that operated out of Charing Cross for a while :

    Anyone interested in going beyond cheap shots might want to read this report on the track adjustments needed to operate double deckers or longer trains :

    Typically you’re looking at the best part of £1bn to increase the loading gauge on each of the commuter routes out of London, it would probably be more for the lines not mentioned like the ones that cut through the North Downs in tunnels.

    It’s worth noting that headroom on the freight line up from Southampton to Nuneaton was fixed at much lower cost than first thought, by replacing traditional ballast with concrete slabs. It’s not perfect, but W10 gauge is good enough for high-cube containers.

  141. 141
    Gricer says:

    There were a couple of double decker trains on the Southern Region in the sixties. I think they decided the experiment wasn’t a success.

  142. 142
    The CIA says:

    Just checkin’.

  143. 143
    IT nerd says:

    It’s possessed by evil spirits. Have you tried boiling it?

  144. 144
    Donisthorpe boot boy. says:

    A couple check into a hotel. The clerk asks the man if he has a reservation. He replies “yes I don’t think she takes it up the a**e “.

  145. 145
    PDubya says:

    I believe thats one of the few statements you have made that constains a scintilla of fact Ed.

  146. 146

    A real Whammy Lammy. Who paid for the trip?????

  147. 147
    John Bellingham says:

    They have ticket machines at the Take-Away shops or the machines are next to the chocolates and the crisps at the convenience shop.

  148. 148
    narco nonce flowers says:

    Call me!

  149. 149
    grizzly says:

    they probably don’t get much sleep

  150. 150
    the public says:

    We are going to make you all homeless in 2015.

  151. 151
    grizzly says:

    An electron enters a hotel and says “good evening I have a reservation”

    The receptionist says “I’m not totally convinced myself”

  152. 152
    grizzly says:

    indeed. London boasts the three major types of railway

    1) underground
    2) overground
    3) wombling free

  153. 153
    English writer says:

    All Scottish pubs have bare earth floors, it’s what they’re all used too at home.

  154. 154

    Perhaps he’s gotten a little confused after watching the Doctor Who specials, and is terribly convinced that the carriages are “bigger on the inside”.

  155. 155
    Mine too says:

    Spring fever ?

  156. 156
    Glyn H says:

    Lammy was the minister for higher education when on ‘celebrity’ mastermind did not know who Marie Curie or Marie Antoinette were. So much for positivite discrimination. You can take thick blokes to Oxbridge but you can’t make them think. But they can leech off the teat of the state; how about a real job sonny – private sector business – then see how far towards £65k pa you’re really worth.

  157. 157
    Incredibly obscure physics joke says:

    A Higgs Boson walks into a church. The priest says “What do you want?” The Boson replies; “Well, you can’t have Mass without me.’

  158. 158
    Trainspotter says:

    The 4DD was somewhat unsuccessful because the upper level compartments were cramped and poorly ventilated (the upper level windows could not be opened due to tight clearance).

  159. 159
    Henry the 7th says:

    Thats nothing he had me down as my own father

  160. 160
    Anonymous says:

    A neutron walked into a bar and asked, “How much for a drink?” The bartender replied, “For you, no charge.”

  161. 161
    I Lammy don't like this joke says:

    Q: Where does bad light end up?
    A: In a prism.

  162. 162
    Lammy, when he twittered also says:

    The Heineken Uncertainty Principle says “You can never be sure how many beers you had last night.”

  163. 163
    straw man says:

    It would work but only for a few yards.

  164. 164
    Trumpeter Lanfried says:

    They tried double deckers on the Southern Region in the 1950s. They didn’t work. The top deck was cramped and the passengers took so long to embark and disembark that there was no increase in capacity. They soon pensioned them off on the Dartford Loop.

  165. 165
    Victorian Politicians jokingly says:

    A little boy refused to run anymore. When his mother asked him why, he replied, “I heard that the faster you go, the shorter you become.”

    D Lammy

  166. 166
    Back in the Valleys says:

    We can load our sheep, who you well know we adore, into triple deck transporters.

  167. 167
    john in cheshire says:

    What does ‘fiercely bright’ mean? That he thinks he’s bright and will punch anyone who says otherwise?

  168. 168
    john in cheshire says:

    Here’s a question : who would you prefer to be on a desert island with : a possibly grumpy engineer who can do things that make life easier or a superficially pleasant but lippy politician who tells you he can make life easier?

  169. 169
    Ohthisbloodypc says:

    They’re trains that dress up as double decker buses

    In the trade they’re known as “trainsvestites”

  170. 170
    Milli's Banana says:

    Just a thought – He may not actually be referring to the underground but thos London commuters who come in overground from outside London….

  171. 171
    broderick crawford says:

    And even if he WAS referring only to overground line i think he just may have forgotten to factor in the twenty year cost and mayhem in reconfiguring every bridge and road system needing to be heightened .

    Yes … most definitely mushroomimg mayoral material … thinks in the dark after feeding on shit .

  172. 172
    broderick crawford says:


    I m Enery the Heigth I am
    Enery the Heighth I am I am

    I got married to the widdah next door

    She d bin married seven times before

    An every one was an Enery
    Never once a Lammy or a Span

    I m her eigth ole ma I m Enery

    Enery the Heigth I am!!

  173. 173
    broderick crawford says:

    Too busy building ladders … and quite obviously failing abysmally .

  174. 174
    broderick crawford says:

    Sorry , I assumed one was Harry and one was Gay .

  175. 175
    broderick crawford says:

    ……..preferably coated in deep fried Mars bars .

  176. 176
    Richard says:

    David Lammy? Fiercely bright?

    Jesus H. Christ, who thinks this stuff up? He’s as thick as a bucket of rocks for God’s sake!

  177. 177
    broderick crawford says:


    Many Hans make light work .

  178. 178
    broderick crawford says:

    Cherie says

    He was born in the van of a travelling show
    His mamma used to dance for the money they d throw
    He then married me and we thought it was cool
    To srew the proletariat from the Front Bench stool

  179. 179
    broderick crawford says:

    Talking about

    ” paying for it ”

    There is a possibility the Italian Parliament will re – legalise

    ” houses of pleasure ”

    after pressure from the Northern League political oarty.
    These were legal before WW 2 over there and apparently gad the
    ” blessing ” of the Vatican .

  180. 180
    broderick crawford says:

    Better still luv sell the car pay off the £ 2,600 and get the State to ferry you and the brood around by minicab .

  181. 181
    broderick crawford says:


    Oi !!!!

  182. 182
    broderick crawford says:

    er… the latter .

    And do you really need to ask ?

  183. 183
    broderick crawford says:

    Shurely FOUR now Bob .

    Two on each deck in case his compo is taken ill

    Keep up !!!!

  184. 184
    broderick crawford says:

    See my reply to number 131 — pillockbrain !

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    Another train spotter says:

    Oh well-nobody has said yet that French trains (in fact all European trains) are built to a bigger loading gauge than British ones. So there’s no room for a double deck train on our tracks (some people have mentioned the unsuccessful Southern Railway one in the 1950’s). So, unless you go back and rebuild the entire railway system all over again, it’s a non runner. It is unfortunate that nobody told him this simple fact.

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    broderick crawford says:

    So the French Building built in 1370 which was later a famous prison figuring as a catalyst in the French Revolution was ……. The Grande Palace de Versailles!!!!

    As John Humphries would say on the TODAY programme … ” Well yeeeeeeees …”

    Lammy, Health Secretary , followed by Burnham

    No wonder the NHS is on life support !!!

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    Ken Livingstone says:

    I was thinking the same myself, mind you, loading and unloading times would be longer as people crawl in and out of the carriages, and what would happen to all the disabled people, they wouldn’t be able to travel on the tube as well. And of course fares would have to go up to pay the staff extra for all the abuse they will get from passengers.

    Could use the French trains on the Mill Hill East to Finchley Central shuttle though, I’m sure 1000s of commuters could benefit from it there.

    A sound plan, I’d say.

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    Non taxable pikey says:

    No contest, the world is run by grumpy engineers, not politicians. See what’s happening in Venezuela. Oh no you can’t see because the lights have gone out. Engineers, we have the power and don’t you bloody well forget it.

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    Non taxable pikey says:

    Depends how much unleaded you use.

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    Richard says:

    He wouldn’t understand it if you did. All he’s aware of is his own genius: he’s “fiercely bright”, apparently. He was also once tipped as the first black P.M. Now, there’s something to look forward to! Just when you thought babe-magnet Blair (who, by plausible repute, didn’t know they spoke Portuguese in Brazil until he became P.M.) and Cameron were bad enough …

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