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DONKEYS LED BY DONKEYS

By Pete Moore On March 24th, 2020

The London mayor cut the number of London Underground trains “to reduce the spread of the coronavirus outbreak”. This was the London Underground this morning, the result of his genius –

Sadiq Khan is hopeless and way out of his depth. We all know that. But we are in a lockdown with all but “essential” workers supposed to be at home. Don’t tell me that these are all “essential” workers. London is a city heading straight toward disaster, because people are too selfish to just stay at home.

39 Responses to “DONKEYS LED BY DONKEYS”

  1. London is ALREADY a disaster. Just leave it to itself

  2. “Mind the Gap” (between Khan’s ears, that is).

  3. This thing is cheating me out of a visit to London this May

    What a drag

    What a great city my London is, I am sure all will agree

  4. Sadiq Khan has disputed Hancock’s charge:

    “This is simply not true. The Mayor has told ministers countless times over recent days that TfL simply cannot safely run a full service because of the levels of staff sickness and self isolation. Nearly a third of staff are already absent – there aren’t enough drivers and control staff to do it.”

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/The-government-blames-Sadiq-Khan-for-tube-overcrowding

  5. I would think that a huge amount of the London workforce was working from home today and That ridership was way lower than normal

    Is that photo representative of what the trains were like today

    Do we know that that photo was taken today

  6. Working from home or not working, away from normal place of work

  7. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-52017910

    24 March 2020

    London Underground commuters have been warned that if they do not stop packing into trains more people will die from coronavirus.

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan issued the alert after photos showed crowds in Tube carriages for a second morning running.

    Mr Khan insisted the network was running for essential workers only.

    A transport union called for police officers to be deployed at major stations to stop overcrowding.

    More than 130 people have died in London from Covid-19 – a third of the whole of the UK.

    But the trains were still crowded during rush hour despite Boris Johnson putting the UK on lockdown.

  8. Khan doesn’t run the Underground. If he’s lying about the reasons for the reduced service, the lie will soon be exposed by senior managers.

  9. Ha just like the New York subway is not run by the mayor

    Story needs a fact checker

  10. lol

  11. Today was not a cold day in London. The peak temperature was 62°.F So why are all these people dressed in winter coats and wearing wool hats, As if they were on the way to cheer on the Iditarod

    And even if they cut the number of trains by 50%, hardly anybody was going into the city to travel., Why would the train car be so crowded

    I call bullshit on this

  12. In New York, the number of passengers on the trains and buses is down by 90% or so . I doubt that it is much different in London this week

  13. Phantom, on March 25th, 2020 at 12:50 AM Said:
    Today was not a cold day in London. The peak temperature was 62°.F So why are all these people dressed in winter coats and wearing wool hats, As if they were on the way to cheer on the Iditarod

    Phantom.

    It was in the morning, It started off rather cold and frosty.

    Off to ASDA this morning, hopefully there will not be too much of a queue, key workers between 08.00 – 09.00. My wife is now on the list.

    We shall see.

  14. Ok you have to travel on the tube,and you have to stand under someone’s armpit. Ok I get it, its London. Why wouldn’t you wear a mask? Not only to protect you but to protect everyone around you. Are people that selfish?

  15. Something tells me that photo was not taken yesterday

    The lack of anyone wearing a mask is one additional reason

    Here, lots of folks are wearing them

  16. Ahh…from the link–which addresses both points….

    Craig McRae

    @craig_mcrae
    ·
    Mar 19
    Replying to
    @leanahosea
    thanks for posting that great picture of me on the way to the GP. Sorry getting my prescription for my inhaler seems irresponsible to you. On another note, there was an issue at Brixton (the previous stop) which is why the platform was crowded. Other trains were nearl empty.

  17. Phantom –

    We’ve had high pressure all week with clear skies day and night. I’m clearing the ice off the car first thing but spending most of the day in shirtsleeves. That’s the morning rush hour because that’s how people are dressed first thing.

    Have a look at what commuters have been posting –

    https://twitter.com/search?vertical=news&q=london%20tube&src=tyah

  18. Pete

    See my comment of just earlier

    If this was indeed due to a mechanical problem, and how would we know, the same issue would have existed anyway

  19. Phantom –

    That was a different and isolated incident. Brixton is on the Victoria Line. The photo I posted was taken on a Central Line train (check the map above the hand rail).

    This was also from yesterday:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-52017910

    London Underground commuters have been warned that if they do not stop packing into trains more people will die from coronavirus.

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan issued the alert after photos showed crowds in Tube carriages for a second morning running.

    Believe it now? There are still many online comments from commuters about packed platforms and trains.

  20. Ok, I am convinced

    But does Khan control that train system

  21. Phantom –

    Yes. Transport for London is in charge of the system and TfL reports to the mayor. He is the boss of the London Underground.

  22. Ahhh

    Someone had said that Khan was not responsible for the Underground but that now looks like fake news

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_for_London

  23. Yes. Transport for London is in charge of the system and TfL reports to the mayor. He is the boss of the London Underground.

    No he’s not, he’s the mayor of London. TFL has a senior management team of nine, so it seems unlikely that the mayor could tell a whopper at this time of crisis and expect to get away with it.

    https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tfl/how-we-work/corporate-governance/chief-officers

  24. Chaka Khan would do a better job:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvFrF6xKBY0

    However, here’s where women shouldn’t be put in men’s jobs – painfully funny to watch, the first footage and that below…

    https://twitter.com/JohannSchultz7/status/1242289605820297217

  25. TFL has a senior management team of nine

    Which is chaired by the Mayor for London and which implements the Mayor’s transport strategy.

  26. From the wonderful wiki

    TfL is controlled by a board whose members are appointed by the Mayor of London,[16] a position held by Sadiq Khan since May 2016. The Commissioner of Transport for London reports to the Board and leads a management team with individual functional responsibilities.

    If this is right, Pete wins this round.

  27. Yeah right.

    So they are all nodding donkeys? If Khan has lied there will be an email trail and other records and it could maybe even cost him the mayoral election in June if it looks bad enough. So as I say, it’s strange that he would choose to tell a whopper just now.

    But maybe he’s just a bad person.

  28. In the NYC the NYC subways and buses, and two major passenger railroads ( LIRR and Metro North ) are effectively controlled by Governor Cuomo.

    He says that he doesn’t control it when it suits him, but…he controls it.

  29. So he makes day to day operational decisions, monitors sickness absence etc? If Cuomo has the time to do that he must be neglecting his main job.

  30. If you appoint the guys who run it, you control it.

    Steve Jobs controlled Apple, but he didn’t monitor the hours of staff

  31. Ok Phantom, whatever.

  32. They may not be essential workers but, with bills to pay work is essential, especially if you are self-employed.

    This shutdown is great for State workers as they get FULL PAY whist the rest of the country is holed up and stopped from accessing their services. Will I get a rebate on my Council Tax for uncollected rubbish or schools, libraries etc being shut ? Hell no, not when they have their Gold Plated, Index Linked Pensions to fund, by the taxpayer no less.

  33. They may not be essential workers but, with bills to pay work is essential, especially if you are self-employed.

    This shutdown is great for State workers as they get FULL PAY whist the rest of the country is holed up and stopped from accessing their services. Will I get a rebate on my Council Tax for uncollected rubbish or schools, libraries etc being shut ? Hell no, not when they have their Gold Plated, Index Linked Pensions to fund, by the taxpayer no less.

  34. Mark

    A significant number of teachers here are working from home, by doing lessons by video etc

    Is that not happening in the UK

  35. My wife’s a public sector primary school tea cher who’s sitting at a computer for a minimum of ten hours a day. Come here and tell her she shouldn’t be on full pay etc.

  36. Mark B, on March 26th, 2020 at 12:48 PM Said:
    They may not be essential workers but, with bills to pay work is essential, especially if you are self-employed.
    This shutdown is great for State workers as they get FULL PAY whist the rest of the country is holed up and stopped from accessing their services. Will I get a rebate on my Council Tax for uncollected rubbish or schools, libraries etc being shut ? Hell no, not when they have their Gold Plated, Index Linked Pensions to fund, by the taxpayer no less.

    Jesus, it was only late yesterday due to public outrage, the councils were ordered to stop car park charging at NHS hospitals for NHS workers, the council are still using their “enforcement officers” to dish out parking tickets like confetti to cars parked near NHS hospitals.

    As for the council tax, yup the demands for payment are already on the door mats, with a 4% increase.

  37. Teachers love their students.

    When in high school, the teachers wanted us to have our own hardcover copies of a novel being studied, and they paid for them out of their own money. And that is hardly an unusual thing in the US.

    https://www.nbcboston.com/news/coronavirus/we-miss-you-teachers-hold-parade-to-greet-students-they-cant-teach-in-person/2096742/

  38. H, your gonna love this:

    https://www.thequint.com/entertainment/hot-on-web/twitter-claims-this-korean-drama-on-netflix-predicted-coronavirus

    Teachers love their students.

    I can personally attest to that Phantom.

  39. Paul

    I told you so!

    🙂

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