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  1. Humphrey Appleby

    Covid-19 Are we being told the truth ?

    Amazing how this Indian variant apparently wasn't so virulent and dangerous when the elections were held last week...
  2. Humphrey Appleby

    Well Done Sadiq Khan

    Every car and van sold since 2016 should be Euro-6 compliant and anyone who drives a van in London can hardly be unaware of the ULEZ requirements which have existed for at least 3 years. If you bought a non-compliant vehicle only a year ago, then you can't really expect too much sympathy.
  3. Humphrey Appleby

    Well Done Sadiq Khan

    Similarly spending a few quid on David Hockney posters is nothing to do with TfL being in debt, but as usual the right wingers would rather fixate on that sort of trivia rather than the billions spunked by the government on COVID racketeering.
  4. Humphrey Appleby

    Well Done Sadiq Khan

    Many UK public transport companies are in debt, not least because of years of under-investment, decaying infrastructure, and successive governments almost hoping they'd go bankrupt so they could be shut down. How many rail franchises have revoked or handed back under the current Tory government, despite huge subsidies to their mates, yet the right only ever fixates on Sadiq Kahn. The new Piccadilly Line stock was not slated to enter service until 2024, not least because it required a new manufacturing facility to be built in the UK. A one year delay is hardly to be unexpected with bespoke manufacturing procurements, and the existing Piccadilly Line stock is not life expired yet. The 1938 Tube Stock was still running on the Isle of Wight Line until last year...
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    There's some on the right that say such things all the time. How many Tory councillors have been suspended for racist tweets, yet they don't seem worthy of comment by yourself on here...
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    I think there's far too much snowflakery and wokeism in right-wing circles...
  7. Humphrey Appleby

    Well Done Sadiq Khan

    Because hardly anyone is using their services over the past year because of COVID. The Piccadilly trains needed replacing anyway as the stock is getting on for 50 years old, the new stock can still be used as now, and no doubt retrofitted with ATO or whatever when the signalling is upgraded. These infrastructure projects represent investments of billions, the money isn't there to do everything at the moment and the Tories are usually the first to complain about governments spending money they don't have (not that it stops them). And frankly ridership is so much down at the moment that increasing the number of trains through the tunnels probably isn't the highest priority. Generally I think the London Underground is massively improved from what it was 30-40 years ago, and the new S-Stock on the Metropolitan and Circle Lines in particular is really very nice.
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    The representative of rank-and-file police who have more than their fair share of bullies (https://www.mylondon.news/news/local-news/74-met-police-officers-who-17469445) gets on well with a bullying minister - hardly that surprising is it? The fact remains there have been multiple complaints made against Priti Patel, and the government admitted it by agreeing to a six figure payment to settle with Philip Rutnam. What might have been tolerated and swept under the carpet in the past is no longer acceptable in the modern word, and rightly so...
  9. Humphrey Appleby

    Well Done Sadiq Khan

    Well specifically 37% of the people of the UK voted to leave the EU, which also had ramifications for British Citizens outside of the UK. Who's London Mayor really only affects the people who live in London, and the Mayor is also constrained by the London Assembly. But if the people don't like what they get, they can always elect someone else in 4 years time. By contrast, Brexit has screwed up the opportunities for both current and future generations, greatly damaged the economy for at least a generation, and caused immense damage to the reputation of the UK in the world. All on the vote of a minority of the population...
  10. Humphrey Appleby

    Well Done Sadiq Khan

    People don't vote for every last item of public expenditure and most wouldn't want to. They elect politicians to decide what the priorities are and how to spend the money, and at the end of 4 years they judge them on what they've achieved (or not) overall. Now with the national government, it's possible for a minority to impose a government on the majority against the will, but 69% of London was happy enough to cast some sort of vote for Sadiq Khan, so they're presumably happy enough with him overall. They will be automatic, but not driverless. Just as the Victoria Line has been since it opened in 1969... DLR trains are routinely driverless, but have a conductor who essentially controls the starting.
  11. Humphrey Appleby

    Well Done Sadiq Khan

    It's very simple - Brexit took away my automatic rights to live and work in 32 other countries, one of which I do happen to work in. And before you say "it's just a matter of filling in a form", no it's not. I've resided and paid taxes for nearly 25 years in the Netherlands, yet despite that I had to provide proof of earnings, only have guaranteed residence for 10 years with restrictive conditions, and can no longer easily work in other EU/EEA countries either. Taking out Dutch citizenship is not an option either as I'd have to relinquish my British citizenship. I also pay taxes to the UK as well, so I've every right to be aggrieved at what you voted away. As for London, I've lived there, I go there a lot, and I also think a world city that generates huge amounts of money for the rest of the country should look world class and have the infrastructure to match.
  12. Humphrey Appleby

    Well Done Sadiq Khan

    You don't live in London so why do you care? Every British citizen is affected by Brexit though...
  13. Humphrey Appleby

    Well Done Sadiq Khan

    It's not my cup of tea, but there's no doubt Hockney fans who'll make a pilgrimage to anywhere that shows his work, just like there's a few speedway fans that turn up to Cardiff see a few bikes go round and round because the Welsh Government chucks a bit of money at it. I'm sure there are some Welsh (and undoubtedly more than a few UK) taxpayers that would think that's a waste of money though. St Pauls Cathedral was also slated when it was built, dismissed by the critics as some ghastly Italianate edifice, yet it's now of the major tourist attractions in the City. I'm not sure what Crossrail has to do with Crossrail 2 which is an entirely different and yet to be started project. Crossrail is an complex civil engineering project with lots of unknown variables (such as encountering plague pits) which cause delays that can't always be predicted. These sorts of projects also have to be under-costed to get approval, otherwise they'd never get past the small-minded beancounters who know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Crossrail has only taken 80 years to get this far, so I don't think waiting another year is really going to hurt. Improved signalling - well yes, but moving block signalling effectively needs Automatic Train Operation which given the advanced age of the Piccadilly Line stock means the trains themselves need to be replaced. London Underground obviously first focused on the lines that were the easiest to do (e.g. Jubilee as it's the most modern line) or needed improvements the most (e.g. Northern), but the Piccadilly was never the worst especially as only has one branch.
  14. Humphrey Appleby

    Well Done Sadiq Khan

    I doubt spending a few quid on a few David Hockney posters is really the issue. I'm sure you've noticed that people haven't been travelling as much due to COVID and the economy has gone down the drain due to a combination of that and Brexit. And of course many companies, employees and the government have seen the benefits of home working, so the country may never see the same levels of commuting again. So it makes sense not to spend money on expensive new capital works like Crossrail 2 until it's clear whether they're actually going to be needed in future - just as envisaged works like the Northern Heights were cancelled after WW2. South(-East) London has lived without much of a Tube network for the past 120-odd years, so can probably manage a bit longer.
  15. Humphrey Appleby

    Covid-19 Are we being told the truth ?

    The South Sandwich Islands for me...
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