Never in our London Taxi Trade’s history, have we been under such threat and pressure. Never have we had so much competition to remain an iconic world respected trade. Never have we been up against such vigorous and persistent opposition. But worse of all, never in our tenure initially granted by The Protector Oliver Cromwell, have we been governed, controlled and managed, by such a biased, short sighted and duplicitous hierarchy as Transport For London.
I saw this coming nine years ago, and have bored even myself, let alone my colleagues, and preached and whined on and on, that Men were coming to kill us. I didn’t trust the commissioners of Law, and neither should I have done.
Surely it is blatantly obvious by now, that the negotiations, meetings, deals and blah, blah effing blah…….has won us nothing ?
When the UCG announced imminent trade action, I cheered and clapped in unity, happiness and hope. It is after all, our only hope. We are surrounded folks. The men are here ! They got in through an unlocked back door, they are positioned, tooled up to the teeth and ready to take us out the Taxi game.
Don’t even ask such a stupid question !
Of course we have !
I know, that like me, we have all heard the old chestnuts about ” So and so is working his socks off behind the scenes ” or ” Just play it slowly, softly softly catchee monkey ” or ” So much is being done in the background ”
You can say that again ! So much IS being done in the background…………but it aint from us and if it is, its failed !
Unfortunately we’ve heard that the major trade organisation who claim to support the future of London Taxi drivers ARE NOT WILLING TO SUPPORT THE UCG’s CALL !
But when you think of the work that front line action teams like the UCG do to try to claw back a fight that we hold onto by a whisker, I find it an insult to their tenacity and spunk, to refuse a call for solidarity and help.
See you there in Whitehall folks.
And in the best and most sincere traditions of The Great London Cabby…………….Be Lucky.