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A losing battle over the Underground


Like, no doubt, many other members, I follow the ding dong battle over the London Underground with a mixture of interest and disbelief.

I suppose it started with the appointment of Transport Commissioner for London Bob Kiley, about whom I know nothing except what I read.

How many others were interviewed for the post, what were the requirements of the job description and person specification? Can it be that Ken Livingstone just picked up the telephone?

Now the lawyers are going to have a field day, paid for in part by the precept levied on the London boroughs.

I always wondered about Livingstone's will to succeed when, as leader of the GLC, he draped that banner over County Hall showing the number of unemployed, turning the matter into a personal vendetta with the then Prime Minister.

Now he seems set to lose again, leaving a disgruntled Commissioner to pick up his redundancy and London with its Underground still needing renewal and extension.

R Kewell (F), former works director, Inner London Education Authority, 190 Sheen Lane, East Sheen, London SW14 8LF.

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