Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Open Letter To Boris Johnson

Dear Boris,

Well, yesterday's journey to work was, as I expected, hell.

But I'll gladly endure a further week, nay, a further fortnight of such hell as long as you do not give in to the left-wing wreckers who want to retain the teat in their mouths regardless of the current economic situation, led as they are by dinosaurs used to the likes of Ken Livingstone handing them everything they want on a silver platter.

Crush them, Boris. Crush the RMT & the TSSA. Maggie brought the miners to heel, and this is your moment to 'do a Maggie'.

Crush them, drive them before you, and hear the lamentation of their women. Your grateful voters will love you for it.

Signed,

A Potential Voter (Next Election)

11 comments:

Bucko said...

Hear, hear!

Oldrightie said...

Note Brendan Commie barbers' threats this morning and incitement to violence. Fully blasted over the Politics(leftieshit)Home site. I'm not sure who are the most unpleasant, The Union bosses or the editors of that plonker of a site.

Longrider said...

LUL is much like BR used to be before privatisation - highly institutionalised with regressive terms and conditions designed for the benefit of workers, not the customer. The mainline railway changed once private organisations became involved and they started using subcontractors.

LUL can't go bust. The unions can hold it to ransom rather more easily than they can the mainline companies (although that doesn't stop them trying).

The only way to deal with them is to hold out for an extended period making the strike cost individuals to the point where they start breaking it themselves - bearing in mind that they will make up losses with overtime if they can.

Strike fatigue will always happen sooner or later and at this time of the year, the approach of Christmas makes it a good time for Boris to take them on.

MTG said...

Excuse my straying from topic to mention a serving woman police constable of the highest integrity. Had it not been for this brave officer, yet another miscarriage of justice would have been orchestrated - courtesy of her corrupt male colleagues.

There will be neither praise nor compliments for her on police blogs because she is PC Rachel Webb, the courageous woman who 'dobbed in' that piece of garbage, Sgt Mark Andrews.

As if his main deed was not bad enough, nauseating attempts to cover up his crime have emerged during his trial.

Collusion by officer 'mates' led to perjury in the witness box and these officers did all they could to compromise the case with deceit and lies. Their evidence obliged the trial judge to refer the liars back to their own Chief Constable.

We citizens have seen many attempts by rogue police to compromise justice and there are 'no lessons learned'. In UK courts today, police officers will lie on oath to clear themselves and defeat Justice. Our entire Judicial System has been brought into disrepute by prevalent corruption.

In general we are no longer served by police, save for the brave 'few' and I express fears for reprisals against PC Rachel Webb. Moves may have already been devised to stain by any means, her shining 24 carat character and future career prospects.

I merely ask of our politicians, "When will the much overdue purge of uniformed criminals and traitors, begin?"

Clarissa said...

I wonder if a prolonged stoppage would result in the bemused tube riders I saw blinking in the harsh light of day yesterday figuring out that their own two feet are perfectly able to get them around London rather being suitable only for aimless wandering and standing in very long taxi queues?

Macheath said...

Well said, JuliaM - especially the 'lamentation of the women' bit; I'll forgive you the earworm for the mental image of Boris the Barbarian.

btw, typo for 'led' in 2nd paragraph - in case this post goes out and about I thought you'd want to know.

Longrider said...

Clarissa - when I worked near Euston, I walked from Paddington and it took me about forty minutes. Which was about the same time as it took on the tube, but without the crowding, waiting and changing trains.

All in all, switching to Shank's pony was the best decision I made. Cheaper, too.

Umbongo said...

When I was at school - in the 50s - one of my best friends and the guy I sat next to in class was the son of a tube-driver (hard to believe I know but in those days working class children were allowed to be educated properly at a grammar school no less). As a rare treat (and quite unofficially) he and I were allowed into the cab of his father's train as it proceeded along the Northern Line. But why am I telling you this?

Well, if Boris were serious about taking on the rail unions he should be aware that learning to drive a tube takes a day max - more like an afternoon. My friend's dad had progressed along the traditional career route from guard to driver: becoming a "skilled" London Transport employee then was as difficult as getting into Eton. It was "dead men's shoes" plus pull with the union: the LT personnel department didn't get a look-in. It was much like getting a printing job in Fleet Street pre-80s. Sure there was a fair amount of what passed for "training" - like what to do when someone pulled the emergency handle - but it was mostly common sense. I'm sure there's a far more Health'n'Safety crapola these days (and doesn't Crow make a meal of that?) but the basic job is simple and straightforward.

The real skills on the tube reside in (as I'm sure Longrider would agree) the signalling staff. Train drivers are as "skilled" as car drivers without the necessity to turn a steering wheel or change gear plus they are are told when to go and when to stop. For this they are grossly overpaid at £40/50,000 pa. Boris could recruit a new staff of drivers in a week, train them up and sack the existing crowd without a hiccup.

Clarissa said...

You'll get no disagreement here. I walk from Fenchurch St to Old St each day. Takes me about 15/20 minutes depending on conditions and footwear. A former colleague faced with the same journey used to take the Circle Line around to Moorgate and then walk the rest. I never did manage to understand why.

JuliaM said...

"Note Brendan Commie barbers' threats this morning and incitement to violence. "

Yup, Marc Vallee was doing a simiolar piece in CiF this morning, and dropping hints that the MSM better get onside with the strikers if they know what's good for them.

Bring it on!

"The only way to deal with them is to hold out for an extended period..."

Yup. I really, really hope it happens. It needs to.

"Excuse my straying from topic to mention a serving woman police constable of the highest integrity."

Indeed, she is. Not that the comments over at Gadget's are any reflection of that!

"I wonder if a prolonged stoppage would result in the bemused tube riders I saw blinking in the harsh light of day yesterday figuring out that their own two feet are perfectly able to get them around London..."

I think the spread of smartphones with GPS has helped with that - people are starting to realise just how close places in London really are, when they aren't on the Tube.

"btw, typo for 'led' in 2nd paragraph..."

D'oh! Cheers, fixed. That'll teach me to rely on the BlogPress app to write a post while I'm on the bus :)

"...but the basic job is simple and straightforward."

And thus vulnerable to automation?

The DLR never seems to have problems!

Chalcedon said...

How very conanesque! I like it.