This column last week featured a lengthy letter from Glasgow Taxis to an elected member of Glasgow City Council, again highlighting the major issues facing both trade and drivers.
I have to take my hat off to the good folks at Glasgow Times not only for getting the letter out in full, but for giving me their support and continuing to explore this story.
Thanks also to those who read the article and commented positively.
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I’m not sure if this was a coincidence or not, but just 24 hours after the Glasgow Times column was published, a response from an adviser came to Glasgow Taxis headquarters.
What are the chances, huh?!
The answer is too, too long to share here – these politicians can’t speak under their breath, can they! – but the plus point is that at least there was an answer, and the position of the council on all the issues raised was fairly stated.
On the other hand, I’m not sure we’ve made much headway beyond a marginal win or two as many issues continue to be discussed back and forth (no pun intended) between local government in Glasgow and national decision makers in Edinburgh.
All we can do is keep fighting for what’s right!
In other news stories in the past seven days, I read another article on the Internet that said water taxis might soon be on the River Clyde to help Glaswegians get from point A to point B.
Although it’s a very fixed connection from A to B, isn’t it?
Handy if you live in Yoker, work at the Riverside Museum, and can run on water—not great if you really need to get around the city and its suburbs.
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Nothing against water transport, of course, the more that is done to make the most of the wealth of our wonderful river Clyde, the better, in my opinion.
But before we get to the water taxis… Can we help the road versions first, please?
Every single day, Glasgow taxis make a huge difference in the lives of citizens.
Like my buddy Billy McLachlan, back at Firhill Stadium last night helping disabled fans from Firhill Road up the hill to Jackie’s husband stand to watch their team.
Wouldn’t it be great if the right solution could be found to support enough of the many drivers who are in the same shape as Billy, who just want to be able to keep doing their job helping people every day?
We will remain eternal optimists and, as I said, we will continue to fight for a just cause.
And we really appreciate your support, including all of you Times readers. Thank you!