If dear old Ken thinks this is a good idea, then it might be an idea to bring forward the annual service; just to make sure all the screws are correctly tightened. It’s not going to encourage the Mum’s off the road, and it’s not going to make things any easier because if any kids are encouraged to use public transport it’s going to be slap bang in the middle of the morning rush hour when it’s busy enough already: Just picture your packed morning tube, or bus depending on which you use… it’s bad enough normally isn’t it, normally you’re sharing your 5mm of space with at least 2 copies of metro and an already distinctly unkempt armpit – can you honestly imagine wanting to add a class load of screaming pushing fighting kids? Because let me tell you now dear Ken they’re not going to be sitting quietly…A perfect example of this is the DLR from either Poplar or Canary Wharf toward Shadwell at around 3.30 – packed with kids, all pushing shoving, screaming and worse.
What’s next on the freebie list? We already give free transport to anyone involved in London transport, plus I believe the Police and some other emergency services, now we’ve got anyone in education under 18… I mean what’s left, how about free travel passes for anyone in full time work between the ages of 18 and say 65; I mean we use it, we pay for it in fares and taxes and council tax too, surely there must be some wiggle room there? It’s absolutely stupid to think that just by giving it away for free it’s going to make the kids that are currently being ferried about in Mummy’s 4×4 think twice, because it won’t, and the Mum’s wouldn’t allow it anyway not with all of the Daily Mail’s paedophiles, lunatics, asylum seekers and rapists roaming the streets… I mean, it’s not safe is it?
Unfortunately the only thing that’s going to get kids to make their own way to school is a complete sea-change in the attitude of today’s parents, from age 5 I’ve walked or taken a bus or tube to school, then college and now work – it’s something that’s in-grained in me, I know how the systems work, I know how to behave and I know what to do when for one reason or another one method of locomotion fails… today’s kids because they’re wrapped up in cotton wool believing they’re an adult from age 7 when in-fact they know fuck all about the outside world wouldn’t have a clue.