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A national disgrace

I am shocked, shocked that Gerald Kaufman is having to go maybe 100 yards out of his way every day:

"Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will discuss with Transport for London the absence of bus stops along the western side of Parliament Street near Whitehall and ask for this situation to be rectified.

Ms Rosie Winterton: The temporary absence of bus stops on the western side of Parliament street has been due to extensive street works associated with the Whitehall Streetscape Improvement project....Westminster city council has consulted Transport for London and London Buses at all stages of the project. Work on the western side of Parliament street is now almost complete and buses are once again stopping in the are".

How could TfL etc not have consulted the member for Manchester Gorton? It must be said he is getting on as bit now - 77 - so presumably has had a free bus pass for years.

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Anonymous Stephen Pennells said... 4:32 pm

As a constituent of Manchester Gorton I am also baffled! Don't you folk down South understand how important full consultation with ALL stakeholders is?

Or is it just another example of Southern self-importance? When I was last in the South I didn't see ONE tripe shop. So is it so surprising we life in two nations?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 4:46 pm

Stephen - you make an important point. I have whinged at length about the limited availability of black pudding in these parts  



Blogger Unsworth said... 6:50 pm

And I have to say that I am shocked, shocked that Gerald Kaufman is alive.

I thought/hoped he had been put out of his - and everyone else's - misery years ago.

This has not cheered me up.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 7:04 pm

Sorry to have spoilt your evening. However, when The Reckoning comes, I would not put GK in the top fifty - there are plenty worse.  



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