We're well used to seeing a variety of amusing badges (buttons for our American readers) displayed on our fellow tube passengers (usually on the bags of goth teenagers), but until now none of them have been officially sanctioned by London Underground.
Now we learn that special badges will be given out to pregnant women, in an attempt to help other people notice their condition and free up a seat accordingly.
We think this is a great idea, but so far no word has been given to what happens to the badge after the birth. Will we see Tube staff calling in at maternity wards to collect the badges when they are no longer needed? Londonist feels this is the only possible way to prevent a possible black-market of badges offering the pins to women who are not pregnant, but simply lazy.
Of course this whole business could be avoided by throwing some money at the underground and providing more trains. You see we have put the Londonist calculator to work and figured out that more trains equals more seats and more seats equals less standing for everyone.
The Evening Standard has yet to announce that they are replacing their newspaper with a badge of their own simply displaying the word GIT. We feel that this would do the same job as the current paper, but save a lot of trees.
Londonist: defenders of pregnant women and the environment.