Black-cab drivers have been critical of Mr Johnson over his handling of Uber, and the Islington incident sparked Labour’s London Assembly transport spokesperson Val Shawcross to say: “The mayor has the power to put in place a strategy to tackle the challenges facing the industry. But so far he’s completely failed to respond to any of our calls to do just that.”
The cabbie who was told to “f**k off and die” declared: “Boris is a buffoon.”
The dad-of-two was embroiled in a post-midnight tirade with the London Mayor after he accused him of failing to protect the black cab industry.
But tennis-loving Tory Boris has stood his ground and refused to apologise for the rant – claiming his volley of abuse was just a “gentle return of serve”.
Boris, who was cycling home down a busy city centre street, was filmed by a passer-by stopping his bike and shouting at The Cabbie to “f**k off and die” twice.
The driver concerned, only learnt the heated exchanged had been caught on camera when we published it last night.
He said he dislikes Boris “incredibly” for not backing black cabs in the face of competition from budget private firm Uber.
He said: “I think that Boris is a joke to be honest with you. I don’t care anymore to be honest, the man is a buffoon.
“I wasn’t shocked that he spoke to me like that, I think he is an idiot.
The Mayor of London made light of the incident when leaving his posh five-storey home in Islington this morning.
He also dodged the chance to issue the taxi driver an apology for telling him to “f*** off and die”.
When asked if he should say sorry, Boris simply repeated “should I apologise to the cabbie” under his breath as if considering the question.
But, straddling his push bike, after exiting his house, he said: “I think it comes under the heading of getting the ball back over the net.
“It was a gentle attempt at return of service. That is all it was.”
The floppy-haired Tory – tipped to be a future party leader – refused to answer questions over what exactly the taxi driver had said to provoke him, before cycling off.
How can it possibly be correct that Boris Johnson was never charged in relation to the Darius Guppy tape in which he conspired with Guppy for the assault of a journalist?
Tape has previously been posted on Taxi Leaks, but for those who may have missed it, here it is again:
It seems to be clear that it is an offence in law for someone to encourage or assist in a crime being committed
Assisting or Encouraging Crime
Part 2 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 creates, at sections 44 to 46, three inchoate offences of intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence; encouraging or assisting an offence believing it will be committed; and encouraging or assisting offences believing one or more will be committed.
These offences replace the common law offence of incitement for all offences committed after 1 October 2008. They allow people who assist another to commit an offence to be prosecuted regardless of whether the underlying substantive offence is actually committed or attempted.
Sec 50 of the 2007 Act provides a defence to the offences in Part 2 where the encouragement or assistance is considered to be reasonable in the circumstances the person knew to exist or he reasonably believed to exist.
Sec 51 of the 2007 Act provides a limitation on liability to the offences in Part 2 where the offence encouraged or assisted was created in order to protect a category of people and the person doing the encouraging or assisting falls into that category and was the person in respect of whom the offence was or would have been committed. This would cover for example a child who encourages or assists a sexual offence of which he or she was to have been the victim.
Attempting to commit an offence
A person is guilty of attempting to commit an offence under the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 (CAA 1981), section 1(1) if s/he does an act which is more than preparatory to the commission of the offence with the intention of committing an offence.
The offence consists of both an act (actus reus) and a mental state (mens rea).
In each case it is a question of fact whether the accused has gone sufficiently far towards the full offence to have committed theactus reus of the attempt. If the accused has passed the preparatory stage, the offence of attempt has been committed and it is no defence that s/he then withdrew from committing the completed offence.
An attempt is an offence of specific intent. It requires an intention to commit an offence to which section 1(4) Criminal Attempts Act 1981 applies.
It is also an offence to conspire to commit GBH
Conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm or conspiracy to murder: an additional charge against those who were involved in planning the attack beforehand.
I noticed that Guppy has boasted about a similar subsequent assault on a journalist
What would it take to get a prosecution?
Would I need to file a formal complaint to the Police and see what happens?
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Sources: London Taxi Radio, Sunnation and Dave Davies.