How are the mighty fallen! No longer is the word of sleazy Uber lobbyists spouting Uberlies that Boris Johnson is protectionist and regs. are a ploy to restrict Uber, the company of the future, taken as gospel. This loopy spiel is now seen for what it is. Bullshit.
The damage to our city from Uber drivers, pollution, congestion, the accidents caused by terrible driving and the assaults on female passengers, are now seen as “genuine and valid concerns” says Steve McNamara of the LTDA in TAXI magazine. What the deuce is George Osborne, the UK’s number one Uber fanboy, thinking?
The truth is breaking through the well oiled propaganda of Uber- unfortunately Uber drivers are nothing like as slick as as their PR and lobbyist people, who coat the media world like a layer of rancid sleazy grease. Grease is right! Greasing palms is an Uber speciality, and why should CityAM give a damn if another Uber driver is going to the slammer for rape, when the paper’s financial woes can be soothed by a fat envelope from Kickback City.
The majority of taxi users would approve of most of Boris Johnson’s tougher regs. That is why, says Steve, Uber are keeping the majority of the proposals hidden from the customers. Only two have been singled out for disapproval, and Uber is urging everyone to object to the five minute delay and Ubercabs only being allowed to work for one operator. If these two win the thumbs down from the public, Uber clearly intend to pretend they disapprove of all the regs.
Steve continues: “Part two of its response to what amounts to a political awakening of the problems Uber are causing Londoners, has been to threaten and cajole the doubting MPs by warning them that their voters won’t like it if they support the proposed changes. At the same time they have massively increased their spending to add to their £250,000 monthly lobbying and PR budget, in a desperate bid to turn the tide back in its favour.Even after all of this, it is not winning the PR victories it hoped for”.
Nothing is more powerful than the truth and Londoners are finding out for themselves the difference between Uber PR and the dire standards and lack of safety of Uber drivers.
And guess what? Uber’s top lobbyist,Mark MacGann, hired in September, is already leaving! By end January 2016, he is gone baby! There are only so many lies one man can tell. I guess the strain of speaking with a forked tongue proved too much for the Uber faker.
Black cab drivers have high standards and higher values. That will never go out of fashion.