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Friday, February 16, 2007

Transport Commissioner on MySpace?

Hey Peter thanks for the add

In a story that's clearly too good to be true, the Evening Standard gleefully reported that Transport Commissioner,
Peter Hendy had a MySpace page and "has been spending evenings, weekends - and even part of his working day - in the chatroom with teenagers on the MySpace website."

Peter Hendy on MySpace

The paper continued "Mr Hendy also posts his official TfL biography together with portraits of himself, the TfL logo and a picture which he has entitled "Me With Some Of the Buses".

TfL confirmed last night that the site was genuine.

"It is not a spoof," a spokesman said. "Any dialogue with Londoners to promote our policies is welcome

Peter had apparently been getting into discussions with other MySpace users about the Tube service. "7 of Hearts" complained "your underground staff at Eastcote station, Hillingdon, were mean to me...What do you propose to do about it?" Within minutes, Mr Hendy apparently replied: "When I get to work on Monday morning I'll sort this out, I'll either sack them or give them a good spanking (not myself but someone lower down the food chain than me.) All the best, Peter Hendy."

Were alarm bells not ringing with The Standard at that point. Apparently not, as the paper then stated that TfL said that particular exchange with "7 of Hearts" had not been written by Mr Hendy and they would investigate.

I wonder who the person was at TfL who had confirmed the authenticity of the site. Now you'll see that whoever built the site had to fess up that it was a spoof. Well quelle surprise!

"Since the recent appearance of this account in the Evening Standard, we feel it is appropriate to point out This is a SPOOF myspace account. Purely based on our Love for Mr Hendy - he is in no way affiliated with this account, nor is Transport for london. Please direct any questions to TFL website."

Expect to see Ken Livingstone's MySpace page coming soon!

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