Briefly. Lib Dem councillor Caroline Pidgeon raised the bogus Rentokil stories in the London Assembly yesterday: and fell for them, hook, line and sinker. People often forget that politicians – as much as anyone else – get their information about how the world works from reading newspapers. I guess this is fairly good evidence that the bogus story from Rentokil will go some way to influencing the political process, and help them build on that nice £200m contract from London Underground. I guess this also means that Caroline Pidgeon is not a reader of bad science.
Watch the Bus Bugs Don’t Bite! (1)
Question No: 1044 / 2010
Were you as horrified as me to read recent reports about the disturbing
amount of bugs on our
buses and trains?
Watch the Bus Bugs Don’t Bite! (2)
Question No: 1045 / 2010
Can you assure Londoners that TfL will step up their efforts to keep our
buses, trams and trains
clean and bug-free?
Watch the Bus Bugs Don’t Bite! (3)
Question No: 1046 / 2010
How much is spent keeping TfL’s transport system bug free? Please can
you provide the cost
for each mode (bus, tram and train)?
And lastly – with thanks to Thimble in the comments below – let me direct you to Ruth Shearn, a PR consultant who will I suppose be odiously delighted at a mention here. This is the mindset you are dealing with.
got this today, she’s going to raise it again depending on BJ’s response, so, jolly dee, etc.
I noticed the references to my questions on your blog and have received several emails from your readers. I just wanted to clarify that my written questions were submitted for answer quite some time ago (not the 17th March as stated) and this was before you did such a great job in exposing the false claims in the report. Whilst we knew the report was from a particular company, we thought it generally raised an interesting issue and thought we should pursue with further questions.
The questions will be finally answered by the Mayor of London late on Monday (21st March) and I will make sure they are sent directly to you. I hope the answers will be of interest to readers of your blog.
With best wishes,
Cllr Caroline Pidgeon AM
Liberal Democrat Group
Chair of Transport Committee
thanks, v kind and always good to see politicians being good!
i wonder if you might consider raising a question in the assembly about rentokil misleading the press and the public instead, with their PR story about the infestation of london’s public transport, in an act of scaremongering that will plainly cause distress to the public, smear public transport operators, but also lead to greater income for rentokil? i think the fact that you were taken in – understandably – and raised it as a member of the London Assembly speaks volumes, and this all seems especially relevant in the light of their £200m contract from London Underground.
do please let me know!