Last December there were a number of strikes on the Underground that I described at the time as blatantly political, I said that they were almost nothing to do with ticket offices and a great deal to do with the reelection campaign of Ken Livngstone. A number of people told me that I was being either cynical or mildly paranoid (or a bit of both).
To those people, and you know who you are, I would like you to ponder the latest attack on Boris by Livingstone and his running mate Val Shawcross. They highlight figures which show that compared to the same point a year earlier there was a small increase in delays and a massive increase in station closures in December 2010.
|Livingstone’s running mate Val Shawcross (far left) with
protesting RMT and TSSA union members last December
The increase in delays we have to hold our hands up to, they were caused by the major program of upgrade work on a number of lines. The 1200% increase in station closures, the figure that really grabbed the attention of the news editors, was caused by strikes called by the very unions which Livingstone and Shawcross champion and who bankroll their campaign. The strikes were called in order to create this very story.
The people who need to “get a grip” are Livingstone and Shawcross, a grip on reality.