A bizarre protest is underway outside the Department for Transport tonight. Around 40 noisy supporters of the hitherto unknown Association of British Commuters are chanting “Grayling out” and demanding the government intervene in the Southern Rail dispute. Shouldn’t this protest be taking place outside the headquarters of ASLEF and the RMT?
Labour voters showed their trust in Corbyn in a recent YouGov poll on TrainGate. 39% of current Labour voters believe Corbyn’s version of events – that there were no unreserved seats available – compared to 34% believing Virgin’s story. 44% think Corbyn was being dishonest but only 36% of Labour voters think that his dishonesty matters. On the stump supporters argue the attack by offshore privateer Branson helps Corbyn with activists…
Virgin’s corporate partnership with Labour must be feeling the strain after Branson’s anti-Corbyn intervention this afternoon. Ironically Virgin Trains are offering members a 20% discount off ticket prices for delegates attending Labour’s autumn conference:
“With regular trains from London Euston, we can get you straight to Liverpool in just 2 hours 14 minutes, giving you the time to put your feet up or make those last minute preparations . Our trains will deliver you to the heart of Liverpool arriving fresh and prepared.”
The conference is already under pressure after Guido revealed the party had failed to line up a security company to protect the venue. So far it’s shaping up to be a dangerous, poorly attended event thronging only with Corbyn cultists with no seats – until the deselections!
UPDATE: Tories get better value for money, obviously:
— Simon Harley (@simonharley) August 23, 2016
UPDATE II: Corbyn confirms he did get a seat:
So Corbyn finally admit story that he sat on the floor of a train for three hours on way to hustings was not true: pic.twitter.com/4si3qJ91FI
— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) August 23, 2016
Meanwhile, a Virgin spokeswoman confirms to Guido that the deal is still on…
Karhoo is the new challenger to Uber, offering a “marketplace” for existing minicab firms to compete for your lift. Announcing its expansion today in Parliament, a gathering of taxi firm operators, politicians, and even a GMB representative turned up to hear the British CEO Daniel Ishag talk-up the firm’s three to five minute wait time in central London. The GMB private hire drivers’ union is this week challenging Uber over workers’ pay in the Central London Tribunal. Acting as an aggregator for minicabs, Karhoo is seeking to get around all the difficult TfL regulations, letting cab firms sort it out for themselves. Karhoo handing out £25 gift cards for MPs in attendance doesn’t do them any harm, either…
Following their disastrous and costly ban on nuclear power, Germany is doubling down on long-term anti-market greenery by mandating that all cars be emissions free by 2030. Rather than letting the market decide – as it has (mostly) with the vastly successful Tesla in the US – German lawmakers will force the switch with continued subsidies worth £3,160 per green vehicle. In 14 years time, you won’t be able to buy a proper Mercedes in Germany…
The anti-progress Licensed Taxi Drivers Association are really angry about the Leytonstone stabbing… because it seems the knifeman may have once been an Uber driver:
— LCDC (@The_LCDC) December 7, 2015
— BassCabMan (@BassCabMan) December 7, 2015
Who knew cabbies had such advanced Photoshop skills?
UPDATE: The LTDA probably shouldn’t be so pious:
Following the news that Transport for London are launching a consultation today on proposals to kneecap Uber’s business, over 67,000 people have signed a petition to TFL demanding that they back down. If the proposals go ahead passengers would be forced to wait five minutes before they could get into a car and Uber would be banned from showing the available cars on their app.
Techno understands Number 10 are furious with Boris for allowing the consultation to go ahead and are actively seeking ways of forcing him to back down. You can sign the petition here…