Does Oona King (or for that matter anyone on her campaign team) use London’s buses?

Oona King exudes niceness.  She wants a London where everything is nice.  The problem with that approach is that it is not really rooted in the real world.

Being Mayor of London is rather more complicated than sitting on the seventh floor of City Hall and saying “Wouldn’t it be nice, if …..”

According to Ross Lydall at the Evening Standard, Oona King (or her campaign team) has decided that it would be really, really nice if  people could take their bikes onto buses.

Which prompts the question, does Oona King (or her campaign team) ever use London’s buses?

Most buses are now quite full.  And they are getting fuller as routes become de-bendified (the replacements cannot carry as many passengers – even when the frequency has been increased – as the original bendie buses did – despite the  substantial extra costs being incurred to fulfil Mayor Boris Johnson’s campaign whim).

Frequently, mothers with children in buggies are not allowed to board because there are already two buggies on the bus and it is not safe to have more.

So where are all these bikes going to go?  The whole point of using a bike is that the rider does not need to use a car or a bus.  Allowing bikes on buses is likely to mean that those with young children will not be able to board and other passengers will be squeezed even more.

I repeat the question: does Oona King (or her campaign team) ever use London’s buses?

7 thoughts on “Does Oona King (or for that matter anyone on her campaign team) use London’s buses?”

  1. What has Toby Harris ever done for anything, anyone or anywhere?

    This is the most pathetic piece of patsy politics i’ve ever read. Ken’s lot have plumbed pretty low depths in the mayoral race but wheeling in Harris is an all-new low.

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  3. This is quite possibly the most banal blog entry I have ever read. And definitely not worthy of a member of the House of Lords.

    I’ve seen more sophistication in Facebook statuses.

  4. Interestingly, apart from abuse neither of the (I assume) pro-Oona commenters have addressed the fundamental point: Oona’s bikes on buses policies won’t work and is naive and simplistic.

  5. It is becase she is Jewish isn’t it? (Or black, delete as appropriate). God Toby why not just put on a KKK outfit and have done with it (plenty in New Scotland Yard m’boy).

  6. Why would anyone need to take a bike on a bus? Bikes are for being ridden on the road! Toby Harris is completely right about this – the suggestion of taking your bike on a bus is nonsensical.

    Oona King is a very nice person. Smiley, friendly, nicey nicey. But she has never actually achieved anything. Someone, please tell me what she has ever done for London. And what she actually ever achieved as Head of Equalities at C4! Nothing that I ever heard of.

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