Most of us are unsurprised by the verdict, but remain confounded as to how.
We hoped justice would prevail, but deep down, with meetings between Dara and Mike going on in secret, and Transport for
ominously pronouncing that Uber has met
'some' of their requirements, in the lead up to this short and sweet case, we
knew an arrangement had been made. London
Let us not forget that TfL and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan were forced into this situation by the hard graft of Chris Johnson, Danny O’Regan and a few others who blew the Bellany emails into the public domain.
Sadiq Khan does not want to be remembered for being the man who got rid of Uber.
Never mind his broken promises and embarrassing climb downs, or his selfie obsession. He knows if he is seen as the man who beat Uber, the Establishment would ruin him.
TfL cannot stab their partners-in-crime in the back. Uber know where all the bodies are buried.
Why do you think TfL never ‘revoked’ Uber’s license?
Why do you think TfL never questioned Uber’s modus operandi?
If there was not so much interest in this case, TfL and Uber would have come to pre-trial agreement.
Mike Brown had been testing the water for months.
In the end the two partners were forced into a face off in public.
What we got was a case which was contested about as hard as the infamous ‘Black Sox’ game.
Uber’s license appeal case was reminiscent of the ‘Meter’ case, in which Jo Bertram perjured herself and TfL failed to hide their disinterest.
Although Judge Emma Arbuthnot did seem to suffer from an attention deficiency disorder at crucial moments in the trial, I believe her decision was made easy by TfL's compliance to Uber's suggestion of a temporary license.
We can look into Judge Arbuthnot's husband and his links with SC Strategy Limited, who are linked to the Qatar Investment Authority, who invested the best part of £2 billion into Uber.
But show me a Tory who is not directly or indirectly linked to investors in Uber, and I will show you an honest Uber executive.
Even our Prime Minister and her unctuous predecessor have links with Uber.
Uber’s General Manager, Tom Eldridge admitted that Uber has traded illegally since 2012.
On three previous occasions Uber have admitted in court that their app puts the prospective passenger in direct contact with a driver. And that the driver, not the Operator, accepts the job.
None of Uber’s drivers hold an Operator’s License.
This in itself makes every job accepted by an Uber driver illegal. Two million illegal jobs a week that should have been accepted by Taxi drivers only.
Of those two million jobs stolen every week from Taxi drivers, none of them were insured, because of their illegal status.
Will the insurance industry be claiming their money back from claimants?
I doubt it. They will just up our premiums.
Let’s finish with a quote from my ol’ mate George Carlin:
“There’s a reason education sucks, and it’s the same reason it will never, ever, ever be fixed.
It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you’ve got.
Because the Owners, the Owners of this country don't want that. I'm talking about the real Owners now, the big Owners! The Wealthy - the real Owners! The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions.
Forget the politicians. They are irrelevant. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice! You have Owners! They own you!
They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls!
They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying to get what they want.
Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I'll tell you what they don’t want:
They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.
That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard thirty fucking years ago. They don’t want that!
You know what they want? They want obedient workers.
Obedient workers; people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shitty jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later because they own this fucking place!
It's a big club, and you ain’t in it! You, and I, are not in the big club.
By the way, it's the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe.
All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy.
The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care.
Good honest hard-working people; white collar, blue collar, it doesn’t matter what colour shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means, continue to elect these rich cock suckers who don’t give a fuck about you….they don’t give a fuck about you… they don’t give a fuck about you!
They don’t care about you at all… at all… at all! And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain wilfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth.
It's called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.”