The Lady & The Tramp

By sizemore Last edited 138 months ago
The Lady & The Tramp

Bryony Gordon's opinion piece in The Telegraph gets off to an odd start by talking about whether or not to sit next to a tramp on the tube:

What do you do in such a situation? Stay standing and risk fainting, or sit down and risk vomiting? I was weighing up this conundrum when I noticed that the tramp was reading the New Statesman. How peculiar, I thought. And then I realised that it wasn't a tramp: it was Ken Livingstone, in an ill-fitting, grubby-looking suit.

Ahh, if only he was a sharp dresser like those young boys in the SS he'd have the tubes running on time. It's ok though because Bryony has come to praise Mayor, not to bury him:

it is refreshing to find a politician who isn't a stinking hypocrite. It made my heart flutter to learn that he slums it with the rest of us in rat-infested tunnels, when I had fully expected to him to be ferried around in a blacked-out Range Rover, paid for by the people in the rat-infested tunnels. Hoorah, I thought – Ken really cares!

In fact Bryony would go further:

Because in my humble opinion, Ken should tax everybody who drives in London £25. Instead of calling it a "congestion charge", he could call it a "stupidity charge", because it is senseless to operate a vehicle when you live in London, and you can get everywhere by bus or Tube.

A London wide stupidity charge... Ken could buy a whole wardrobe of new suits from the kind of revenue that would bring in.

Last Updated 16 November 2006


Mmmm and then how would we carry heavy and many things home. I don't use my car much, but when I do it's for good reason.


"You can get everywhere by bus or tube"? Ms Gordon clearly doesn't go south of the river very often...


last time i looked the congestion charge didn't go south of the river - at least not out of range of tube lines anyway

i own a car and use it for journeys in north london when i need to but the fact is the congestion zone covers such a small area of london that is soooo congested you would have to be a fool to drive through it on a weekday. i've long advocated a stupidity charge - why not make it £50