What is the point of John Biggs?

Labour Assembly Member John Biggs signalled his support for the Mayor’s plan for a cable car over the Thames thus:  “I am happy to publicly guarantee that if it is open by May 2012, I will vote for you Boris, because I know it is not going to happen.”  Wow!  Positive, supportive, helpful, generous, are certainly not adjectives anyone would use to describe Mr. Biggs, but I suppose his attitude is a step up from deliberately ignoring someone who is talking to him by conducting a conversation with someone else, and then when they mildly remonstrate, having them thrown out of the meeting.  This was the treatment meted out to Dan Ritterband, who, I assure you, did absolutely nothing to merit it.

John Biggs

If Boris can persuade the private sector to provide the £25 million to pay for it, the cable car scheme can go ahead, and it is planned that it will connect the O2 Arena (the Dome) with the Royal Docks.  Tory Councillor Harry Phibbs who writes on the Conservative Home website commented “It clearly won’t be happening with any help from Mr. Biggs and the nattering nabobs of negativism in the Labour Group.  But related to other transport projects, the costs are tiny.  I should have thought the prospect of getting a commercial return would be realistic.”

Len Duvall

Another ploy from Mr. Biggs is continually and irritatingly talking right through Boris when he is answering a question, or going walkabout, neither of which seem to faze the Mayor in the slightest, and only make Mr. Biggs himself look like an ill mannered oaf.  Len Duvall is almost as bad as Biggs. When the coalition came into power, Mr. Duvall was practically foaming at the mouth, and his face was contorted with hate as he spat at the Mayor “You are no longer the most powerful Tory in the UK!”

When I first began to attend London Assembly meetings, I was truly shocked at the level of rudeness from these two Labour Members.  There is a large audience, made up from the general public and often including parties of school kids.  Biggs and Duvall behave like oafish yobs.  Whoever is the next Leader of the Labour Party has a problem, because the behaviour of these two Labour Assembly reflects appallingly badly on the Labour Party as  a whole, if this is the type of Assembly Members they are relying on to represent the party.

10 responses to “What is the point of John Biggs?

  1. I’ve seen them on BBC Parliament, and they are both absolutely revolting, but apparently they cut the worst bits out.

  2. They are both incredibly rude and if you attend the meeting in person, you see just how bad they are.

  3. It is a about time that somebody pointed this out, they are both nasty men.

  4. Nasty little s…

  5. I bet you wish george bush was still president now

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  9. This article is puerile nonsense. Biggs was right: it isn’t going to be open by May.

    You seem to confuse “being rude” with “challenging unsupportable assertions”.

    • What is nonsense? That Biggs behaved so badly he was threatened with ejection from the Assembly chamber? that biggs tlks right through the Mayor – he was worst in the early mnths of Boris#s mayoralty. Are you denying that John biggs threw Dan ritterband ouT of a meeting for NOTHING, except milding saying somethng along the lines of “I see you ae not listening to me…..”?

      Every word i have written is true and the people making this ridiculous complaint should be ashamed of themselves.

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