Griffin has donated around a quarter of a million pounds to the Conservative Party (and now enjoys the business of six government departments in Whitehall, oddly enough), including £25,000 to Boris Johnson's 2008 mayoral election, which he seems to believe gives him the right to do pretty much whatever he wishes - such as earlier this week when he instructing his 2,200+ drivers to illegally use bus lanes (reserved for buses, licensed black cab taxis, cyclists and emergency vehicles) during the 20,000 journeys they make every day simply because he thinks it's unfair that his minicabs aren't allowed to do so - an instruction that Transport for London director Leon Daniels called "utterly irresponsible."
In addition, Griffin believes that cyclists should be forced to pay road tax; despite the fact that nobody in Britain has paid road tax since 1937, when it was abolished (he's unaware of this, apparently): "It is time for us to say to cyclists: 'You want to join our gang, get trained and pay up.'" he said in an editorial piece published in Addison Lee's Add Lib lifestyle magazine, copies of which are placed in the cabs for customers to read.
Here's an open letter to Mr. Griffin...
|Bicycles have been around longer than cars, and they|
offer several advantages in busy cities
You know another reason we prefer cycling to driving? Because - as several studies have demonstrated - we can get from Point A to Point B in a busy city such as London considerably faster than cars can. Hence all those cycle couriers, police officers and even paramedics on bikes. Actually, come to think of it, the real reason you said what you said, which you now say you said to encourage debate and improve safety, wouldn't have been an attempt to frighten people off cycling in London because more and more are cottoning onto the advantages bikes have over cars and you're scared of losing business, would it?
London-based cyclists are (or anyone who can get there is) invited to join a mass "die-in" outside the company's headquarters on Monday the 23rd of April. Meet at 6pm on the corner of Stanhope Street/William Road (51°31'37.80"N 0° 8'27.00"W). Road accident cosmetics and fake blood are welcome. More details here.