It’s my sad duty to have to discuss another celebrity death this week – well you’d think Ronnie Biggs had the esteem Nelson Mandela had, judging by the courage the media were giving him.
Fair enough, the Great Train Robbery case of 1963 was interesting, given the audacious robbery, the huge amount of cash blagged, and Biggs’s prison escape; but Biggs was no hero (by all accounts he played a cameo role anyway). Neither were any of the robbers, including Buster Edwards – another lovable rogue-type – who ran a flower stall outside Waterloo Station before killing himself. As a new cab driver I used to see him every day, and I’d be struck by the irony of a train robber being given a pitch outside a major train station.
Another thieving gangster was in the news this week; Lord Hanningfield, who spent nine months in chokey for fiddling his accounts. He’s now been rumbled for clocking into the House of Lords for 20 – 40 minutes on several occasions and claiming his £300 per day attendance fee. Nice work if you can get it, m’lord!
What get’s me is how can someone with a conviction for fiddling accounts remain in work? If I were ever caught swindling folk in my cab, TF Hell would run me out of London on a rail. I wouldn’t be a Fit & Proper Person and I’d have my licence revoked immediately. I’d wouldn’t be let near a cab again!
Who votes for these people?