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The new battle of Jericho

The new battle of Jericho

(pic by permission, Andy Ffrench, Oxford Mail) Here’s a prediction for my second blog of the decade: the twenties are ...
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January 2020 newsletter

January 2020 newsletter

I am starting the year as I mean to go on, with a new newsletter for January with the hope ...
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Book review: The luxury trains

Book review: The luxury trains

Martyn Pring, Luxury Railway Travel, a social and business history, Pen & Sword, £35 There may never have been a ...
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Delights of transport scored nul points

Delights of transport scored nul points

The Labour manifesto was incredible. In the true sense of the word, meaning unbelievable. It was packed with goodies such ...
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Johnson: an unsuitable candidate

Johnson: an unsuitable candidate

I rarely find the time to do blogs but watching Boris Johnson’s performances on the media yesterday cannot go by ...
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My speech on driverless cars at the Transportation Research Board, Washington DC, 15/1/19

My speech on driverless cars at the Transportation Research Board, Washington DC, 15/1/19

There is something extraordinary happening out there in relation to driverless cars. But it is not quite what you think ...
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The most radical transport authority

The most radical transport authority

The City of London has become by far the most radical local authority in Britain. It closed Bank, one of ...
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The driverless car hype must be countered or lives will be lost

The driverless car hype must be countered or lives will be lost

Here we go yet again. The Guardian today reports that Addison Lee ‘aims to deploy driverless cars on London’s streets’ ...
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Why cycling needs to be taken seriously by politicians and planners

Why cycling needs to be taken seriously by politicians and planners

I’ve been a cyclist virtually all my life. I started cycling the two miles to school when I was 15, ...
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Rail 840: A fatuous call for unity in a fragmented industry

Rail 840: A fatuous call for unity in a fragmented industry

You can imagine the scene. The rather desperate executives of the Rail Delivery Group, the ineptly named organisation that is ...
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Uber decision ducks the real issues

Uber decision ducks the real issues

The non-renewal of Uber’s licence is the first step in what is bound to be a long legal battle and ...
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My (failed) application to be editor of the Evening Standard

My (failed) application to be editor of the Evening Standard

Dear Mr Lebedev If you are looking for someone a bit left field, then I am your man: both because ...
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Richmond blog #11 - and final

Richmond blog #11 – and final

The final hustings of the campaign on Tuesday night, attended by 250 people, showed up the weakness of the two ...
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Richmond Blog #10: Rents rise is Tories' fault

Richmond Blog #10: Rents rise is Tories’ fault

Last night on the doorstep, I had a fascinating conversation with a woman who complained that when she had a ...
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Richmond Blog #9: Labour's solid base in Richmond

Richmond Blog #9: Labour’s solid base in Richmond

It was wonderful to see dozens of people come out to canvass at the weekend, enabling us to cover swathes of ...
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Richmond blog #8: Labour should revive 'Big Society'

Richmond blog #8: Labour should revive ‘Big Society’

I did the Richmond Parkrun 5k this morning in the glorious autumn sunshine and was joined by Ruth Cadbury MP ...
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Richmond blog #7: Housing crisis is result of Tory policies

Richmond blog #7: Housing crisis is result of Tory policies

Suddenly, housing is going up the political agenda. Last night, the BBC news reported on homelessness and how even middle ...
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Richmond Blog #6: Cycling ignored by LibDems and Conservatives

Richmond Blog #6: Cycling ignored by LibDems and Conservatives

I have cycled more than 100 miles around the constituency in the past 10 days and I have got a ...
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Richmond Blog #5: Opponents struggle in Heathrow hustings

Richmond Blog #5: Opponents struggle in Heathrow hustings

The first hustings last night at Duke Street Church was a lively affair with some 200 people attending. The organisers, ...
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Richmond blog #4: Hacan hustings preview

Richmond blog #4: Hacan hustings preview

Tonight is the first hustings of the by-election, organised by HACAN, the group fighting against the expansion of Heathrow. Oddly, ...
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