Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Congestion charge

I got a bus from Euston to Aldwych today (not a straightforward journey by tube given that the Aldwych stub line was closed aeons ago and is now used for film shoots). It took nearly 40 minutes. I should have walked: it was a nice day and it would have been quicker.

I asked my London hosts what had happened to the congestion charge and they said that it had had an impact for about a year. Then people got used to paying it (or found a scam to evade it).

No doubt Ken would blame Bozza. I see that today Ken 'announced a new task force to revive London's flagging economy ... called Progressive London, to offer an alternative to the Boris Johnson regime at City Hall.' And no doubt to help Ken's plans to stage an early return.


Emma-Jane Cross said...

Emma-Jane Cross, Chief Executive of Beatbullying

While it’s great to see an attempt to build a broad alliance online to build a better London it’s really disappointing that this alliance is not broad enough to include the young people of London.

"Social justice, environmental protection, good community relations and cultural innovation” are all issues that affect young people in the capital but nowhere on the Progressive London website are young people mentioned and there is no sign whatsoever that Progressive London has any policies to help them and to be honest it really isn't good enough Ken.

Wyn Grant said...

It's a good point, but how would you choose representatives of 'young people'? And how would you define them? Under 25? But Ken's plan relies too much on traditional groups like trade unions.