June 11th, 2014

10 People Who Signed Up to Uber Because of the Cabbie Strike

The London cabbie strike is one of the stupidest industrial protests ever, literally driving business to their new rivals. Uber is reporting an 850% increase in app downloads today:

https://twitter.com/daniel_barnett/status/476741186301198336

Use this link to download the app and you get your first £10 ride free


191 Comments

  1. 1
    Gerry Mandering says:

    Taxi for Mr Cameron

  2. 2
    Cinna says:

    Meanwhile, back in the real world…..

  3. 3

    Back to ackney wiv the ackney carriage, innit?

  4. 4
    Anal Fissures says:

    Haha. Just wait until Mr Guido is falling out of Heaven at 4am with a new found Brazilian “friend” and wants to get home for a bit of docking and rimming action. Never piss off the cabbies Guido, they know all your dirty little secrets.

  5. 5
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    This has to be greatest own goal in history. 12,000 cabbies trying to hold back the tide of technology. I had never heard of Uber until this morning. Who organises these lunatics?

  6. 6
    Lurch to the Left says:

    Remember Labour are supporting the GMB union which is agitating the taxi strike. Guido blogged it the other day.

    Labour support the vested interest at the expense of the consumer.

  7. 7
    táxpáyér says:

    Greens persue a capitalist tax shock.

    http://www.economicvoice.com/baroness-jones-to-present-a-new-land-value-tax-bill-in-house-of-lords/

    The Green Party’s Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb is to present a Land Value Tax Bill to the House of Lords today June 11. The Land Value Tax Bill requires the Government to undertake research into the feasibility of a Land Value Tax.

    Baroness Jones said: “We are looking out for the best interests of our community and the Land Value Tax does that by generating economic activity, creating funds for investments, and distributing benefits equally.”
    A Land Value Tax is a tax levied on the unimproved site value of the property. This will depend on the value of the land, rather than the property on it

  8. 8
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    You have been taking too much Anusol with it. Add more water.

  9. 9
    Ixat says:

    An Uber fook up by the cabbies then

  10. 10
    Dan Hodges tells porkies says:

    “Never heard of Uber before today. Currently downloading it.” – Dan Hodges.

    He had time to type that during the download?

  11. 11
    Nick Clegg says:

    WTF’s going on..? Where Is My Expense Money..?

  12. 12
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    Now I know who organises these lunatics (see my post #5)
    That explains it all. OMG They are brain dead.

  13. 13
    Cabapp says:

    This virtual cab app, does it take you on a virtual journey?

  14. 14
    Diane Abbott says:

    How do I claim Uber expenses?

  15. 15
    Nigel Farage says:

    Islamic militants loot $429 million from Mosul city’s central bank. Keep sending that foreign aid over.

  16. 16

    They will need more than their turning circle to get out of this one.

    Did you know that a Manchester taxi plate used to trade for over £40,000 some years back? Have no idea what it is now. The situation has grown into one of lunacy. You can’t sell a plate in London that way but many of the metropolitan areas of the UK did attract a large premium.

  17. 17
    The tide of technology says:

    “12,000 cabbies trying to hold back the tide of technology.”

    They’re possibly trying to protect their jobs and wages. But never mind, one day robotic taxis will come along and we won’t need drivers at all, so the Uber taxi drivers will be consigned to the dole, where we will one day meet them when robots are doing all our jobs.

    Do not protest. Do not hold back the tide of technology.

  18. 18
    Ed Fatliner says:

    Thought retardED was against vested interests? Or is it only if it is energy when it is a national millibandwagon!
    Labour = Parasites!!

  19. 19
    Michael Gove says:

    You get £10 off your first ride
    with promo code uberguido

    Suddenly it all becomes clear !

  20. 20
    Little Londoners, init. says:

    And in other village news…Mr Bercow, the rather roudy chairman of the village PCC upset a few people, Mr Cameron expressed a preference not to get involved in a bun fight outside the parish and Mr Milliband, chairman of the Working Men’s Club made something of an arse of himself in reference to the school governors.

  21. 21
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Is he well versed in the use of the Grindr app….?

    … the majority of the HoC are.

  22. 22
    Stephen Byres exposes the corruptionofthe political class yet amazingly doesnt get prosecuted. says:

    Can I remind you that its not just a choice between Black Cabs and Uber. Me and my politician mates are taxis for hire as well !!!!

  23. 23
    Where are the usual bandwagon suspects? says:

    Milliband not signed up to Uber?
    Chuka not signed up to Uber?
    Hattie not signed up to Uber?

    Can’t be that much of a bandwagon then.

  24. 24
    Harriet Harman's dancing shoes says:

    I hope Tony “Peace Envoy” Blair, and indeed the wider Labour Party, are really proud of their acheivements in Iraq. It’s so much better now that Saddam has gone, and the world is so much safer.

    Well done, Tony Blair. Well done, Labour.

  25. 25
  26. 26
    Perry Neeham says:

    Guido’s not good looking enough to be a trouser pilot.

  27. 27
    Maqb­oul says:

    You seems to be well informed about these matters. ;)

  28. 28
    I just say sorry and then I'm forgiven says:

    Pleb!
    I’ve got my money, and I’m off to Heaven thanks to my RC religion that I’ve found.

  29. 29
    Labour are the nasty party says:

    You could not make this up .

  30. 30
    Harriet Harman's dancing shoes says:

    Uber sounds a bit sort of Nazi, doesn’t it? What Uber should have done is set up a sister company called “Meccacab” or “Multiculticab” (“Your diverse multicultural cab experience starts here!”).

    Chuka & Co would have been singing its praises from the rooftops.

  31. 31
    Mycroft says:

    It’s posturing.

    If these ‘movers and shakers’ seem to be of a voice that they are so ill-informed or out of touch they haven’t heard of it before then they are self-confessed morons.

    I am in favour of Uber btw.

    Keep adding to the O-O we can assign the Moron tag accurately.

    Good work.

  32. 32
    Bert says:

    Ask Chris Bryant. He claimed for a new pair of uberpants.

  33. 33
    Cinna says:

    Just like Britain.

  34. 34

    They should start a promo with Sally Bercow.

    Two rides for the price of one.

  35. 35
  36. 36
    Cinna says:

    In Bury it’s hard to find a non-Asian taxi driver. They’ve got the monopoly…by various means.

  37. 37

    The Knowledge? ;-)

  38. 38
    dai ripped-off says:

    another racket undone eventually by the greed and arrogance of the racketeers themselves

    the tube drivers’ disruption is similar – the mindless at war with the driverless

    but it does show how ingrained are these rackets – bbc, phoney farming, the lawriped-off. accountancy – and perhaps why the lesser racketeers are so resentful at losing their guaranteed legover

  39. 39
    Cinna says:

    See my comment 16.

  40. 40
    Sunny Jim says:

    Do one, Green eco-feckwit

  41. 41
    Socialism = Starvation says:

    Yes, we’d all be better off farming with stone and wood tools.

  42. 42
    Strensham says:

    Is there an app to book a toilet cubicle for when you need a dump?

    I am sick of getting to the motorway services, the turtle is getting his front flippers out and I get in a cubicle with a warm seat and the shit mist is still circling from the last occupier

    I would pay 50p for a cleanfreshdump app

  43. 43
  44. 44
    táxpáyér says:

    Those damn horses taking our plough pulling jobs, it’s all been downhill from there.

  45. 45
    Bert says:

    He is known as Twinklefingers in the trade. Can turn out a 250-word Telegraph article smearing UKIP in 7.3 seconds.

  46. 46
    Bottom of the heap says:

    He really is such a sad excuse for a human being.

  47. 47
    Bert says:

    Yes, it’s definitely a puzzle now that BT have removed all the phone boxes.

  48. 48
    George Galloway says:

    Just phoned them and someone answered as “Gruppenfuhrer” ….

    I suppose one could call him “Uberguppenfuhrer”

    Right then,I’ll get my coat .

  49. 49
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Free rides with Sally if your name is Winston or Leroy?

  50. 50
    Shooty* says:

    The train of thought went like this, I’ll wager:

    “The people love us. They really do. We’re like heroes to the person on the street. If we go on strike, people will just sit at home and grumble, and they’ll totally be on our side. With their support, we’ll crush the opposition!”

    Actual people’s thoughts: “Where’s all the bloody taxis gone? Sod this. What’s that app called? Uber? Sorted”

  51. 51
    Socialism is theft says:

    Bring back the street lamplighters. Bring back all those ranks of workers adding up columns of numbers. Where are they now? Is the world a better place without them?

    Hell yes.

    Entreneurship creates jobs, growth and wealth. The socialists would have people doing obsolete jobs until millions died of poverty and then they would blame it all on everything but themselves. Fucking idiots.

  52. 52
    Bert says:

    That means you’d be out of pocket.

  53. 53
    Restless in Godalming says:

    Like many I used Uber today. The protest day is one of the most stupid reactions by cabbies. Doing Uber’s marketing for them.

    I’m now just waiting for Milibean to add his support for the cabbies, whilst announcing a new tax for unlicensed cabs. Twat.

  54. 54
    táxpáyér says:

    The term is “rent-seeking”, only the state can limit your choice and enable their “profits”.

  55. 55

    Any app that asks for my mobile and credit card number even before I have researched it gets autonatically ditched .
    As I use a minicab possibly once a year I will stick to my local friendly cash in hand backstreet ( but fully licensed) 24 / 7 minicab office thank you. The rest of the time Freedom Pass is ..er …..well….. free!

    Balham to London City Airport £23 beat that uber ….uber my dead body !!!

  56. 56
    still walking into darkness says:

    you should take one in the back of black cab, they’ll be pretty empty from now on I think.

  57. 57

    Yes … you end up virtually having your card cloned and your virtual bank account virtually emptied !

  58. 58
    Bosun Higgs says:

    I’d much rather ride in a comfortable car than those lurching, swaying, diesel-belching rattletraps they call ‘black cabs’.

  59. 59

    Just show them the cellulite Di ….

  60. 60
    The Editor of the Daily Mirroid says:

    Quick! Fake up a story about a minicab driver molesting a passenger!

  61. 61
    Cheeky London Cabbie says:

    I thought Ed Miliband was brilliant in PMQ today. His relentless attack on the PM about an issue the labour party created by letting all the mozzies in and made it look like a Tory fault was just breathtaking. Great couple of questions about the passport issue as well. Just a great bloke, just goes to show a multi millionaire union lap dog really can represent the likes of me after all.

  62. 62

    Yes there is . Its called Virtual Crapper . Relatively new use for a traditional piece of street furniture whose original function has been rendered obslete. Available in abundance in conurbations everywhere. ….a BT telephone box ……and it s free !

  63. 63
    Cinna says:

    Who or what is “Mat Than Cock MP”

  64. 64
    Howzat1932 says:

    Chris Bryant.On DP today he claimed his in post is full of letters from his constituents regarding passports foiling thier holiday arrangements, his biggests moan is that his is one of most deprived in the country politicians excluded as they seem to thrive whatever else happens.But when it comes to foreign hols.they buck the trend please explain can’t have it both ways or perhaps in his case it’s possible he is such an incredible fibber.

  65. 65

    Ahh yes … but do tbey go south of Eric Pickles’ waistline after 9 pm ?

  66. 66
    A sad old shitstabber with a well-oiled arsehole says:

    Looks aren’t everything.

  67. 67
    Cinna says:

    Google and Goldman Sachs are backers. Tell you all you need to know about UBER.

  68. 68
    He's a total cunt says:

    And lick out Blair’s arsehole in 4.3 seconds.

  69. 69
    Anon. says:

    Do they pay their fair share of tax?

  70. 70

    I used to prefer Preparation H myself but now difficult to get …… and
    they ve removed the Shark Liver Oil from the Active Ingredients .

    No doubt under an EU directive banning cruelty to sharks.

  71. 71
    Mycroft says:

    Valid point!

    If it does that then it’s a scammers paradise, I can, along with anyone hack a phone in seconds… just sit in London with a scanner/sender and it’s big bucks time.

    Just let the car pass you and take the info, Google could and did a similar thing as they passed buildings, the tech is cheap.

    I’m off to ebay and get myself one a ticket to London and a few sandwiches and I’m £k’s up.

    Thanks for the heads up!
    :)

  72. 72
    Clown Watch says:

    #NotFreeThen

  73. 73

    So he should be. Runs the 24/7 massage emporium bear The Cut round the back of Waterloo Station .

    Frequented by The Greaat , The Good and the Not So Good so I am given to understand …

  74. 74
    Diane Fatbott says:

    Black cab drivers would go to the wall for their passengers

  75. 75

    Is there an app that books your own private tube train next time Bob Crow s successor brings the drivers out ??

  76. 76

    Don t you mean FUCT ??

  77. 77
    Fishy says:

    Not only that, he complained that there wasn’t a system of control in place for educational academies.

    Perhaps he should have leaned across and asked the former Education Secretary, Ed Twelvety Balls, what controls Labour put in place when they introduced academies.

    PS: Miliband’s academies question was brought to you courtesy of the NUT
    PPS: The passport service questions were sponsored by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)

  78. 78
    UKout says:

    Cost of living crisis , yet hundreds of thousands more than last year are waiting for passports to go on holiday. How does that fit with Ed’s weekly CoL claims ? More fucking labour lies.

  79. 79
    Will says:

    Über seems to be growing in popularity. The one downside of this is that uber operates dynamic pricing in that each journey costs depends on supply of taxis. So for some journeys at peak demand it could work out more expensive than a black cab. The black taxi trade is in a bind as it cannot reduce its prices as they are set by the hackney cartridge office, mind you a few years ago they did push for higher fares to encourage more taxis at weekends and late evenings.

    Looking at uber today apart from the rating system I could not locate how to complain if you had a bad experience.

  80. 80
    GMB Professional Drivers Branch says:

    There is more to this than meets the Eye. Billing in the Netherlands but Licensed in the UK. All apps need to be licensed to be sure of safety to the vulnerable.

    TO assume this is about protectionism is not the case in our branches case as we represent Private Hire and taxi in London and the Home Counties.

    We are keen to make sure that divers earn reasonable sums at present the costs are high with safety issues for drivers from attack to abuse.

    Individuals who poke fun or assume the work drivers do is money for old rope are invited to hear our members for themselves.

    Name the date name the time name the location and we will be delighted to make it happen!

  81. 81
    Fishy says:

    Nothing is ever as you thought. Dolt.

    #Croatia

  82. 82
    still walking into darkness says:

    if only some of the black cabs were left hand drive, you could then get your mate Abu Hamza to take you somewhere. You’re not bad at getting off the hook.

  83. 83
    The joys of immigration says:

    Three men have been charged in connection with 27 bùrglaries across Norfolk and Suffolk and will be appearing in court today, Thursday 5 June.

    Alin Truica, 24 years, Adrain Budurcoiu, 22 years and Mihai Gherghinescu, 33 years all from Mrytle Road, Ipswich have been charged with conspiracy to commit bùrglary at an address in Cavenham Road, Tuddenham and 26 other address in Norfolk and Suffolk between 4 April 2014 and 1 June 2014.

  84. 84

    ….. or what about those glorified pennyfarthing /hansom cabs that emerge in the small hours in the West End piloted by unlicensed non tax paying itinerants who threaten you with dark curses if you do not take advantage of their overpriced service to get from Leicester Square to Wardour Street ?

    I believe they are called “pedo s ” says it all really.

  85. 85
    The Growler says:

    All tory folks, and the taxi drivers all small businessmen, WELCOME TO UKIP Gentlemen. Well done Fawkesy you make an excellent recruiter for UKip the Master will be pleased with you. “Use this link to download the app and you get your first £10 ride free…” no thanks, I live too far away anyway I haven’t got a “smartphone”

  86. 86
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    Ahh yes tony’s Vatican / crown connection … and of course he and alistaire’s – ‘we don’t do God’ citation was just another ruse.

    Blair has been counting his chickens for far too long now – and some of those chickens are comming home to roost – or should that be roast him – and those who he ‘fronts up’ for.

  87. 87
    Black Listed says:

    After this post, team Geedo will have the same problem with Black cabs not stopping as Diane Abbott does.

  88. 88
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    The law of unintended consequences, LOL

  89. 89

    RON GERANIUM SAYS

    “Name the date name the time name the location and we will be delighted to make it happen!”

    Oh joy !!

  90. 90
    The Growler says:

    Oooo, do think they can go that far south

  91. 91

    Yeah … all from Myrtle Road Ipswich ……via Timisoara!!

  92. 92
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    It could be said that Blair and Co – relied too heavely upon the age old mantra of the press / msm ‘selling on’ the decreed B/S of the day – which had been the MO for governments decades prior to the net.

    But they – are all pretty desperate now to hide and conceal their ‘wrongdoing’ in this age …

    Slowly, slowly catchee monkey – Mr Blair & Co.

  93. 93
    Cinna says:

    That’s a question you’ll have to address to La Hodges.

  94. 94
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Oooooooooo…..aren’t you butch.

    How about see you next Tuesday at Chariots Roman Spa in Vauxhall? I’m sure you’ve got knowledge of lots of cheeky back passages haven’t you big boy?

  95. 95
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    You wanna find out about the scamming and scheming of taxi firm owners down in Plymouth. One firm was actively scamming and scheming for years – but the now dead masonic ex-cop and his private investigations firm are somewhat exposed – not that the establishment want it to be too widely known of course. Huh!

  96. 96
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    Hoon, Hewitt and Butterfill his boots – i do believe.

  97. 97

    I’d certainly be out of my tiny Chinese mind!

    Oh dear! Have I been racist?

  98. 98
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    The ICO have made some spectacular – fuck ups recently – some know and many others are GOING TO KNOW BEFORE LONG.

  99. 99
    The Growler says:

    That’s true all the “bankers” will not be needed in a couple of years as dealing will be automated they might have to deal with Joe Public and down size, oh dear.

  100. 100
    Cinna says:

    Nothing to do with the EU is quite what you thought it was.

    Having said that rand ead the link, there are some very useful caveats that the Spanish employ. We might do worse than to read, mark and learn from them.

  101. 101
    Norman Tebbit says:

    Let’s see how many own goals we can score in the Italy Game. Come on England

  102. 102
    At Last The Cabbie Has Had His Day says:

    They do make you laugh black cabbies, most businesses have been affected by internet and new technologies, why should they be “protected”

    Oh yes I forgot, it is so that we can be protected from overcharging, cough, cough!!!

    Don’t tell me they are part of Unite, Unison or some other fascist organisation!

    A great case of what goes around and instead of cabbies driving the longest and most expensive route that “The Knowledge” allows them, along come Uber, a great day for Londoners.

  103. 103
    Cinna says:

    Anything else happening in Londonistan today?

  104. 104
    As usual says:

    999

  105. 105
    Doorman at Hilton Las Vegas says:

    Peanut crumbs!

  106. 106
    Cinna says:

    I see the police search in Praia da Luz has officially drawn a blank.

  107. 107
    The Growler says:

    But who has been in charge for 4 years and still has not done anything, there comes a time when Dave and Chums will have to stop blaming Liebore for everything for that went wrong, but when did he find out about hese academies, and why he has just started to make noises but nothing actually done.

  108. 108
    40 G And Counting, Luverly says:

    There was that rather nice chap on Panorama from Roma on Sea, who said he needed 40,000 British Pounds to re-build his house over there.

    If he could not get it from benefits then by his own admission , e wud av to rob!!

    Nice.

  109. 109
    Biffo says:

    We already pay Council Tax on our property – sling your hook ecofan. She’s providing a good reason for having an ELECTED HoL. Incidentally, what happens if you rent the property you live in – will the owner or the tenant have to pay? I look forward to hearing her explain the benefits of that particular tax to Richard Drax MP one of our local politicos.

  110. 110
    The Growler says:

    And of course, don’t forget to praise Dubyah

  111. 111
    Another Reason To Scrap The Cabbie says:

    I’ll bet Uber works in the rain!!

  112. 112
    Tachybaptus says:

    Reminds me of the postal strike in the 80s which launched the fax machine in this country. Few would have bothered with this cumbersome gadget if there hadn’t been a strike.

  113. 113
    The Growler says:

    I thought you were abroad Puss

  114. 114

    I come back on strategic sorties…

  115. 115
    The Growler says:

    Don’t know or care, it could have disappeared in a sink hole, I far enough away

  116. 116
    The Growler says:

    They could with the right equipment run trains without drivers, I am sure you lot would welcome the driverless trains, as long as someone does not fiddle with the electronics

  117. 117
    Twatwatch says:

    Yea, because that’s all Banks do isn’t it?

  118. 118
    PC Knott-Likely says:

    Guido would presumably tell turkeys not to make a fuss in June in case people get a tast for turkey in summer…just keep quiet till Christmas comes round.

  119. 119
    Biffo says:

    The poor buggers are escaping – j’ust for a couple of weeks – from 2014 UK, a ruined country – blessed by the twin ‘joys of multiculturalism & Political Correctness.

  120. 120
    Biffo says:

    Hopefully, he will tangle with a homeowner who believes in defending his property very robustly.

  121. 121
    The Growler says:

    Yawn!!!!!!!!

  122. 122
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Is that the ongoing Portugal dig…
    35,603 sq miles, nice at this time of the year though said a Met officer in shorts and sunglasses.

  123. 123
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    F****** idiot.

  124. 124
    Bob cuntface Crow says:

    For fucks sake ,I was just about to eat my dinner.

  125. 125
    #Fail says:

    You was doing OK until you made your threat, which totally blows away all sympathy you would have had.

    I’ve no time for violent organised Labour.

    GO AWAY.

  126. 126
    Cinna says:

    He didn’t mention that this action was not confined to Londonistan though. They’ve been at it France and Spain as well.

  127. 127
    Bob cuntface Crow says:

    Chukkas butler is downloading it.

  128. 128
    Nick Griffin says:

    I wont use black cabs

  129. 129
    Tom Catesby says:

    I assume this means that land not built on wil be regarded as ‘unimproved’, presumably agricultural land would be exempt and other areas of land for other puposes?

  130. 130
    From my experience (plenty) says:

    Bryant is a liar, end of.

  131. 131
    Taxi! says:

    Chris Bryant! He was in the back of my cab last week gov!

  132. 132
    Black cab drivers says:

    Black cab drivers.

    How wacccist Diane.

  133. 133
    Harriet says:

    I concur.

  134. 134
    Tom Catesby says:

    Due to the fuss over what is in effect, the collapse of the passport sevice, I checked mine this morning. Fortunately in doesn’t run out till 2022. Should just give them enough time to sort things out.

  135. 135
    Tom Catesby says:

    I hope Tony. B. Liar will be making urgent plans to go to Mosul to broker a peace deal and finish off the good work he and the good ole boy started. I’d love to see him swinging from a lamp post.

  136. 136
    Tom Catesby says:

    Almost everywhere.

  137. 137
    Anjem Choudary says:

    When I take over such luxuries will not be available.

  138. 138
    Anonymous says:

    No black cab drivers will be lost in the making of the app will they…

    The customer gets the same taxi journey just a little bit cheaper.

    Anyway, what’s the big deal, I’ve already got the Addison Lee and Hailo apps on my phone, Uber is just one more.

    It’s a case of bloody unions and protectionist Liebor. Flat earthers the lot of them…

  139. 139
    Tom Catesby says:

    If found guilty and served their sentences, will they be deported as undesirable aliens? Ask Mrs May.

  140. 140
    Tom Catesby says:

    The homeowner would need to be careful that the law in it’s madness didn’t prosecute, despite the much trumpeted changes that ‘relaxed’ the law on defending your property and family.

  141. 141
    GMB Professional Drivers says:

    Actually in your ignorant assumptions you assume this is a threat.

    Please do not hold our branch or its members up to the low standards adopted by others.

    Whilst the 11th of July is out due to our branch president being with the police on an operation he more than willing to meet anyone in town and sow them the real issues for Private Hire and Taxi.

    These issues extend to illegal drivers, Touts, Issues for taxis, Issues for private hire drivers.

    Please use the email address info@gmbdrivers.org and we will be really happy to show you some bleak realities.

    We encourage you to learn that the majority o our branch members are unemployed and need representation for anything form operator disputes to delays in licensing.

    Not only was the offer honest it was well meaning and was sent out in that spirit.

    Finally in this day and age to use sexuality for an attack is abhorrent regardless of the attempt to show humor.

    Where is the Conservative party on Transgender issues????

  142. 142
    GMB Professional Drivers says:

    The paragraph should read the majority of our drivers are Self employed and many are Conservative in their position.

  143. 143
    Captain Foulenough says:

    I think that it’s abhorrent to allow one person to drive the cab. A law should be passed to require a passenger in the front seat at all times. That would take more people off the dole and into employment

    Better yet, we could insist that all journeys over twenty minutes have to be done in several stages, thus boosting custom for our brave cabbies.

    Or we could insist that cabs are replaced with sedan chairs.

    You dribbling lump of labour moron.

  144. 144
    SIZE 15 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    Jesus H Christ ,where do these cretins come from?

  145. 145
    Sidney Harbour-Bridge says:

    I’m sure Guido’s ‘Exclusive’ Uber discount code is very ‘exclusive’, but if you use the code ‘UBERRECRUITING’ you get £25 quid off instead of £10. Just saying….

  146. 146
    SIZE 15 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

    Nice to see the black cab geezers taking it up the arse ,this just might be the end of this spiv monopoly that has been going on since the days of the Hansom cabs in the 19 th century.
    Sorry guv awl’ gad fings cam to an end !!

  147. 147
    grasmit says:

    Oi Mate Who is the stupidest twat you have had in the cab?

  148. 148
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    300,000 miners fought for the right to continue working underground and damaging their health.

    Taxi drivers should see the writing on the wall and sign up with Uber.

    Driverless cabs are probably five to ten years away.

  149. 149
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Busted mate. You need to get some professional PR people writing for you. There were probably some people on your side but the pathetic threat, and it is a threat, at the end of your last post ruined all your credibility.

    What is it with unions that they think it’s still the ’70s? Get some professionals to help and wake up and smell the internet!

  150. 150
    diogenes says:

    Yup, I use Uber in the US, didn’t think of it in London, use Hailo, usually you get a Mercedes with Uber, so guess what

  151. 151
    jesus says:

    It wasn’t a threat. Grow up.

  152. 152
    Anonymous says:

    BTW. That advice was for free. My consultancy rates are anything up to a grand a day. For a couple of days work I could probably sort out your entire comms department. Let’s face it, this whole episode has been a PR disaster, and I could have easily have sorted it for you. It’s really not difficult, you just need a tiny bit if brain power and a load of common sense. It also helps if you remember that it’s 2014 and not 1974.

  153. 153
    Anonymous says:

    Grow up?

    The response of an idiot that’s lost the argument.

  154. 154
    táxpáyér says:

    mostly. It tends to mean you pay for planning permission.

  155. 155
    NE Frontiersman says:

    Gentlemen, I raise my hat: enterprise is not dead! ‘Dial-a-Crxpper, the Loo That Comes To You ‘ will save many former black cab drivers from poverty.

  156. 156
    Info says:

    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/taxis-and-minicabs/cabwise

    Don’t risk taking an unbooked minicab

    Do not get into an unbooked minicab. The driver is acting illegally, it’s dangerous and puts you at risk of attack including sexual assault and robbery.

    Did you know that:

    Minicab drivers aren’t allowed to pick up customers who approach them in the street or outside a venue

    Minicab drivers aren’t allowed to approach you directly on the street, outside a bar or club to see if you want a minicab

    Even if a minicab has a licence (indicated by a sticker in the window) the driver is not allowed to pick you up if you don’t have a booking

    People in hi-vis jackets with a clipboard outside pubs and clubs can’t offer you a minicab

    The only time you should get into a minicab is if you have booked it directly with the minicab office in person, via phone, email or through an app

    Always use a booked and licensed minicab, taxi, Night bus or the Tube to get home.

  157. 157
    Hugh Gnos says:

    Could be some “temporary workers” going to fight in Syria or Karachi?

  158. 158
    Hugh Gnos says:

    It didn’t sound like a threat to me, perhaps you’re just a bit of a fuckwit.

  159. 159
    Anonymous says:

    Uber obviously have some powerful PR/lobbyists – they’ve had non stop coverage from various Tory lickspittle commentators. Oh, and if you’re allied with Dan Hodges then you’re invariably on the wrong side of the argument.

  160. 160
    Ippikin says:

    Very odd.
    Spent the afternoon in central London and apart from the disruption experienced going out under the Hammersmith Flyover, no problems.

  161. 161
    Anonymous says:

    There was no way they were going to find anything now if they didn’t find anything at the time. Even if there was anything to find, doing so would make the police look stupid…

  162. 162
    Anonymous says:

    And there can never be another postal strike without destroying RM. Not that that will stop them, it never has before.

  163. 163
    táxpáyér says:

    Reading Adam Smith and David Ricardo

  164. 164
    RichUpNorth says:

    What the feck is Uber?
    Where the feck is London?

  165. 165

    The only thing more stupid would be a Tory MP publicly mocking a normally reliable rightie voting bloc.

  166. 166
  167. 167
    PC Knott-Likely says:

    Of course it is a form of monopoly but one that for instance offers women a certain amount of protection and home grown citizens more chances of employment. The minicab trade tends to be dominated by recent or illegal immigrants or foreigners working without permits.

    If you are serious about opposing mass immigration you should support black cab drivers.

  168. 168
    Blinkered leftwingers do my head in says:

    You’re late to the party Jimmy.
    Driver-less government has been here 17 years.

  169. 169
    Form an orderly queue says:

    .. and Mark Wadsworth and Capitalists@Work blogs.

  170. 170
    Singalonga Kraut says:

    It’s a foreign company – something to do with Dutch Overalls as I understand it – trying to put 20,000 London cabbies on the dole..

  171. 171
    Ann, the poverty stricken accounts clerk says:

    Moi non plus…

  172. 172
    Ann, the poverty stricken accounts clerk says:

    … ‘fin ‘ell?

  173. 173
    Ann, the poverty stricken accounts clerk says:

    There is a very subtle cartoon in my paper today showing a chap looking at his laptop and his cat asking “What are you looking at?”. The man replies “The Luddite website” and the cat thinks “Now that’s what I call an oxymoron”.

    I thought that was rather clever, but that’s just me I suppose…

  174. 174
    expat who thankfully escaped this fucking mad house 20 years ago says:

    As usual, it is all about centralising power under closer government control – using the fatuous “cost saving” crap as cover.

    This approach is totally arse about face – especially the Passport Office fiasco. “Oh, so sorry we had 300,000 more applications than expected, boo hoo”. WTF did they expect then when they decided to make every Brit expat have to apply to the UK office for a simple passport renewal which now takes up to 4 months (if you are lucky) instead of a couple of days? Shirley Williams really does have a lot to answer for with her dumbing down of everything since the 1960s. Is there anybody left under the age of 40 with any functioning braincells?

    No reason why the passport process cannot be unwound and returned to overseas Missions to issue them to local Brit residents as has been the case since way back. That simple measure would considerably ease the workload and backlog of HQ staff. The consular staff are in post anyway, so there is no cost savings by reverting everything to London, but huge inconvenience to expats worldwide. Have any of these people ever been further than Surbiton?

  175. 175
    Ann. thepoverty stricken accounts clerk says:

    The simple solyushun to bank robbery like that is for all countries to immediately declare the Iraqi currency as non-exchangeable with any other currency. Once that is done it becomes rather like Monopoly money. So they can have a nice bonfire with it.

  176. 176
    Ann, the poverty stricken accounts clerk says:

    Many airports around the world already have them running between main hubs and satellite buildings. Also, there is already one line in London running quite happily without any snoozing operator up front, and a couple in Kuala Lumpur too. Time for those concerned to extract their digits and get into the 21st century.

  177. 177
    Ann, the poverty stricken accounts clerk says:

    Is illiteracy really the strong suit of this so-called union? Ranting on and on with so many basic grammatical errors totally destroys the point(s) you were trying to make. Try to get some half educated school leaver to do the next draft for you.

  178. 178
    Ann, the poverty stricken accounts clerk says:

    Depends on whether they own a cat or two…

    While I’m here, when are we going to see a wholesale review of our useless wimpy judiciary – from top to bottom?

  179. 179
    Flaming Torches R Us says:

    Since our masters will do nothing to defend us, homeowners who defend their properties ‘robustly’ can just dump the bodies in the nearest skip.

  180. 180
    Anonymous says:

    Do some research (carefully, don’t leave traces) and have a plan. Don’t leave it until you actually have a dead scumbag on your hands before working out what to do with it.

  181. 181
    Anonymous says:

    Surprised you’ve got time to troll on here Jimmy you fukwit. I thought you’d be too busy chasing sensible people off Labour List.

  182. 182
    inside out says:

    This service will be conducted by our Romaian and Nigerian brothers,the joys of multiculturalism.

  183. 183
    inside out says:

    Paying minimum tax on their income in UK.

  184. 184

    The Greenies are a bunch of organic potatoe munching weirdos

  185. 185
    couldabin says:

    Why would that lot be interested in improved efficiency, or saving money on a cab fare, when they claim the cost on expenses anyway?

  186. 186
    Anonymous says:

    “the Cabbie Strike”
    An app, an app, The Knowledge for an app! If competitors are not obliged to comply to the rules and regulation cabbies do. Isn’t that a case of unfair fare competition? Why don’t they simply, henceforth, also circumvent those restrictive impediments?

  187. 187
    Ad hock says:

    Too many cabs – too little knowledge.

  188. 188
    PC Knott-Likely says:

    That bloke Grasmit off of Guido – ‘e was right nutjob.

  189. 189
    England is becoming a third world cess-pit says:
  190. 190
    Democinghell says:

    Got to remove the natives and replace them with non English speaking immigrants who use sat navs, get lost all the time and drive shitty cars. It’s enriching us you know…

    You get what you pay for.

  191. 191
    Anonymous says:

    They can, though, at least spell ‘potato’, unlike some morons on the internet.


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