Transport Fat Cats

Boris Johnson has raised an interesting point about where Londoner’s council tax money is going.

You probably know that Livingstone employs an army of press officers, that the staff numbers at City Hall are already outgrowing the building and that the Mayor spends more on advertising each year than all political parties did at the last general election.

But did you know that there are 232 people working for TFL who earn over £100,000 per year? I didn’t until Boris pointed it out. This compares with only 43 who earn over £100,000 in the Home office and seven in the Treasury.

TFL don’t have a reputation for excellence, so why the huge salaries?

2 responses to “Transport Fat Cats

  1. Questions Boris Johnson must answerWhen it has been put to Boris that his articles has offended black communities, he claims everything has been taken out of context and that it is all a plot by his opponents.A lot of people have read his journalism and are still offended. The truth is – Boris just doesn’t understand race. He just doesn’t realise why people are upset?These are some key questions that Boris must answer:Is it acceptable under any circumstances to say Africans have “watermelon smiles” and call black children “piccanninies”? Isn’t this further evidence of a colonial mindset?Boris reserves the right to make jokes, but when those jokes play on the kind of colonial stereotypes used in tandem with oppression of other countries, can such jokes ever be acceptable? Boris has recently reaffirmed your belief that colonial rule would be better for Africa. Does he really think Africans are incapable of governing themselves?Does he recognise that Muslims revere the Prophet Mohammad to such an extent they are unlikely to roll in the isles at “Life of Mohammad?”Boris wrote that Nelson Mandela was replacing the tyranny of white rule with the “tyranny of black rule”? Boris also wrote that Mandela was taking South Africa towards “banana republic poverty”? Does he understand why this could be seen as sympathising with apartheid?What is Boris’s views on the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry? He penned a whole series of articles criticising various recommendations, and does not seem to have had a good word to say about the inquiry. He says it was a “witchhunt” against the police and has whipped up “hysteria.” It sounds like he was against the inquiry.He wrote: “Chinese cultural influence is virtually nil.” Was this another ‘joke’, or does he really believe that?His prescription for dealing with racism appears to be to “axe large chunks of the anti-racism industry.” How will this help tackle racism in London?Does he believe Eleanor Bland, the Conservative former parliamentary candidate, should have had her membership suspended for allegedly circulating an email rhyme about immigrants… the same one that was posted on his website?

  2. Questions Boris Johnson must answerWhen it has been put to Boris that his articles has offended black communities, he claims everything has been taken out of context and that it is all a plot by his opponents.A lot of people have read his journalism and are still offended. The truth is – Boris just doesn’t understand race. He just doesn’t realise why people are upset?These are some key questions that Boris must answer:Is it acceptable under any circumstances to say Africans have “watermelon smiles” and call black children “piccanninies”? Isn’t this further evidence of a colonial mindset?Boris reserves the right to make jokes, but when those jokes play on the kind of colonial stereotypes used in tandem with oppression of other countries, can such jokes ever be acceptable? Boris has recently reaffirmed your belief that colonial rule would be better for Africa. Does he really think Africans are incapable of governing themselves?Does he recognise that Muslims revere the Prophet Mohammad to such an extent they are unlikely to roll in the isles at “Life of Mohammad?”Boris wrote that Nelson Mandela was replacing the tyranny of white rule with the “tyranny of black rule”? Boris also wrote that Mandela was taking South Africa towards “banana republic poverty”? Does he understand why this could be seen as sympathising with apartheid?What is Boris’s views on the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry? He penned a whole series of articles criticising various recommendations, and does not seem to have had a good word to say about the inquiry. He says it was a “witchhunt” against the police and has whipped up “hysteria.” It sounds like he was against the inquiry.He wrote: “Chinese cultural influence is virtually nil.” Was this another ‘joke’, or does he really believe that?His prescription for dealing with racism appears to be to “axe large chunks of the anti-racism industry.” How will this help tackle racism in London?Does he believe Eleanor Bland, the Conservative former parliamentary candidate, should have had her membership suspended for allegedly circulating an email rhyme about immigrants… the same one that was posted on his website?

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