In response to Janice Davis: Public servants should use public transport (see how they like it),
It was Lee Kuan Yew who said that Singapore MPs could not have the security, cavalcades and priority treatment usually expected by those in government in other countries because unless the representatives of the people lived, travelled and existed in the same environment they could not possibly understand what the needs of the people were.
What we should do is give every MP a permit which allows free travel on all UK public transport, bus, rail, tube, tram etc. Then publish how much they use it every year.
Can you imagine the consternation that would cause?
Colonel Mustard wrote:
DC Burbridge’s real message is that thugs who inflict life-long brain damage on a person can get a risible sentence for it. With remission the thug sentenced to five years will be out again after three years and nine months and the concurrence means that the other sentence is effectively non-existent. Meanwhile his police colleagues (front-line services stretched) are extra vigilant about people being rude to each other on Twitter.
Simon Platt wrote:
What’s all the fuss about? After all, the tannoys are constantly repeating the phone number you can use to send a text message to British Transport Police if one of the louts goes too far. At Lime Street station last week they were even giving out handy ticket wallets with the number printed on them. (Or trying to.) See it, say it, sorted!