The Liberal Democrat response to news that Transport for London are to give away 100,000 free Oyster cards appears to be yet another example of the party opposing a measure without offering an alternative route.
As their Transport spokesman Geoff Pope says:
“We have long told the Mayor that he needs to encourage the poorest communities in London to take up the use of Oystercard – the Liberal Democrats put this forward as a budget proposal earlier this year”
yet when Mayor Livingstone and TfL take up the challenge all the party offers as a response is the weakly posed question:
“is a general advertising campaign really the best way to go about it?”
With an election barely a year away LibDem supporters in the capital might be forgiven for expecting their Assembly Members to come up with concrete proposals of their own.
It’s hardly a sign of great relevance or success on the part of the LibDem AM’s and their staff that of the six stories covering the ‘giveaway’ currently listed by Google news only one – ours – even mentions their response.