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Friday, May 09, 2008

Boris spotted on the Tube

And not a PR person or journalist in sight

Eagle-eyed James saw Boris Johnson on the Victoria Line yesterday morning.

Boris Johnson Spotted on the Victoria Line by James

James said: "He was going from Highbury & Islington to Green Park (presumably for the Jubilee) and at least one person congratulated him and complained about the trains. He was also going to be late as it was 9 when I got off at Green Park. Terrible."

Just as well he wasn't on the same carriage as RMT's Bob Crow, who's not too happy about how his members will have to enforce the alcohol ban on all of London's transport.

He said: "Perhaps the Mayor will come out with his underpants over his trousers like Superman one Saturday to show us how it should be done, and maybe tell a crowd of Liverpool supporters that they can't drink on the train."

He's also not happy about Johnson's pre-election claims of trying to stop their right to strike. I raise my eyebrows at the first sentence here, but with rest, he has a point:

"Our members have never taken strike action at the drop of a hat - the legal constraints we face make that charge laughable.

But it would be insane for us to surrender our democratic right - our human right - to withdraw our labour to defend our interests. Politicians from all sides praised South African dock workers when they refused to handle a Chinese shipment of arms bound for Zimbabwe, but had that happened in Britain the union involved would have been hauled into court.

So, for the new Mayor's benefit, I say this: the RMT wants good industrial relations, but it will never enter into a no-strike agreement.

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