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.
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.”
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.