So, yesterday night was the normal rush hour for people to catch that last minute train from work. As anyone with commuting experience will tell you, there is a 99.9 percent chance of you ramming into someone. It’s just one of those things.
So, I was on my way training at London Bridge and had a near miss collision with none other than ye mayor of London, Red Ken. That’s right, Mr Livingstone, with his Detective Colombo trench-coat and his scarf wrapped around his head like an English Ninja, nearly smacked right into me. Of course, thanks to the ‘Ak Tube-jitsu’, I managed to counter his move and left him to make a dash for probably an important appointment. (which he actually was!)
To be honest, I actually found the encounter very interesting. Here’s a Mayor that, think what you may about him, actually puts his money where his mouth is when it comes to transport. Some people would actually abuse their position, what with an entourage and such. It reminded me of the last time that I was back home (Nigeria) and I was stuck in traffic for a while because a ‘very important Government official’ was coming on the same road, thus creating a huge tailback. You had the ‘Mobile Police’ with sirens blaring and ‘koboko’ (whip) indiscriminately lashing out. Turns out that all the ‘fun-fare’ was for the State Commissioner for Housing or something trying to get through. Of course, everyone around was livid, but there are certain arguments you just can’t win with a trigger happy cop. Funny though: can you imagine that happening in UK?