Taking Liberties

Upon hearing about newly-elected London Mayor Boris Johnson’s plan to outlaw alcohol consumption on public transport, I couldn’t help but think that the capital’s shift in Sultan rated as a clear-cut case of “Meet the new boss -same as the new boss.”

So a little drunken revelry rates as a “minor crime” in his head? I shudder to contemplate what else does….

While I wouldn’t go anywhere near as far as to say: “Come back, Ken – all is forgiven”, I do start to suspect that BJ may just be another synonym for cocksucking.

Of this I’m certain – I’m so fucking glad I defaced that ballot paper of mine on May the 1st!

Nevertheless, as much as I may agree with many points in Brendan O’Neill’s scathing critique of our Newly Elected Commandant, I shake my head in profound dissent at the following:

Now, Boris has joined the Blairites in declaring war on youth. He announced that young people who commit even minor misdemeanours on public transport will have their travel passes confiscated,and they won’t get them back until they carry out some form of community service. Like a Stalinoid, he’ll deny internal freedom of movement within London to any youngster who fails to behave in a Boris-approved fashion.

Ummm, maybe I miss something here, but isn’t “free” youth Oyster travel funded at the expense of every other London Transport customer? The astronomical price hikes for non-Oyster users under Komrade Ken would certainly suggest this! In effect, this means that adult non-Oyster users get charged extra for the unique privilege of being harassed, abused and glared-down by the freeloading youth contingent – marvellous!

Don’t think I advocate BJ’s position on this though – in his post, I’d go one better and eradicate the “free” travel scheme altogether. After all, £2 is a piss-take for a ride on a London bus and the tosser teenagers who use public transport would pay for acting the twat – quite literally. A lesson in both cause-and-effect and the value of money for those arseholes; a shrink in bus fares for the poor fuckers who travel alongside them; and no endorsements for wretched “community service” schemes.

Yet, in that event, I suspect O’Neill would brand me – rather ironically – an Evil Totalitarian Oppressor; a natural consequence when you self-label as “left libertarian”, I guess; putting all the stress on a single wing causes the whole plane of thought to fly in a lopsided fashion – if not crash and burn!

Between Brendan, Boris and the bus-passed bratpack, the relatively benign boozers stand no chance – less so liberty!


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