Mayor’s Question Time was suspended and moved to a separate room in City Hall on Wednesday after black cab drivers protesting Uber were angered by Boris Johnson calling them “luddites.”
A “luddite” is a negative British word for a person who fears technology. The word originates from a historical movement where a group of English textile workers in the 19th century protested against new labour-economising technology which would see most of them losing their jobs.
Cabbies turned up en mass outside City Hall in London today to protest Uber.
Black cab drivers hate Uber, which seriously undercuts them on price. Black cab drivers must learn the entire London road system by memory in a test called “The Knowledge” and charge a premium for this.
They also went into City Hall for Mayor’s Question Time:
Where they filled the chamber and hung protest banners. Cabbies feel TfL and City Hall are being too lenient on Uber.
But it all kicked off when Mayor Boris Johnson reportedly called them “luddites”.
Cabbies reportedly then tried to storm City Hall and a security official was knocked out.
GLA chief executive’s office confirms that security official was knocked unconscious outside City Hall this morning amid cabbie protests
— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) September 16, 2015
The police turned up.
Mayor’s Question Time had to be moved to a different room that Lib Dem London Assembly member Stephen Knight calls the “basement bunker.”
Assembly MQT being reconvened in a basement bunker to avoid protesting taxi drivers in the public gallery… Over-reaction perhaps?
— Stephen Knight AM (@StephenKnight1) September 16, 2015
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