Crossrail & Ukip, Zwei Berichte in der Taz | Two correspondent reports in the taz

Zwei Berichte von mir in der taz, einer über Probleme beim derzeit größten Multimilliarden Bauprojekt Europas. der Ost-West Bahn Strecke Crossrail in London und ein anderer über die UK Independence Partei, welche trotz gegenwärtiger Bemerkungen aus eigenen Kreisen standhaft behauptet, nicht xenophob, rassistisch oder homophob zu sein.


Two reports by me in the German Taz.  One about problems the work-force of the multi-billion construction site Crossrail experiences.  Crossrail is a new train connection that aims to connect East and West London.  The other report about Ukips claims it would not be a xenophob, homophobe or racist party, and its predictions to come out as the strongest UK party in EU elections.

Crossrail by the way failed to answer further questions by me, whilst the office of the London Mayor simply did not answer at all.  Hardly democracy at not at work of democratic and publicly funded posts and institutions.  It is not the first time the London mayoral office behaved like that, they are either incompetent answering questions or they do it deliberately.





Radwege in London: Radfahren und überleben | Cycle paths in London: Cycling and surviving. (taz)

Bicycle area at road junction in London
Bicycle area at road junction in London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Die deutsche Version erklärt sich von selber,  interessant war bei den Recherchen des Berichts die Unfähigkeit (gewollt oder ungewollt) der Pressesprecher für Verkehrswesen des Bürgermeisters meine Fragen trotz deren Versprechen zu beantworten.

Zum vollen Bericht:!114047/


This article explains the recent announcement on changes on cycling in London after the release of the mayor Boris Johnson’s  policy statement of intend entitled ‘A cycling vision for London.’   The article explains the importance of the local lobby group London Cycling Campaign (LCC) and the transport committee of the Greater London Assembly.  Their chair Caroline Pidgeon said amongst others (this is not in the article) that their own consultations, which included expert witnesses from Holland and Denmark alongside discussions on twitter had helped and kept the pressure on.

LCC added that the talks this time involved all stakeholders, because all had an interest in higher safety.  Pidgeon stated that the money set aside by the mayor represented no real term increase.

Curious in the making of the article was the mayoral press office failure to answer my questions (even though I had extended their deadline three times by a several days up to over a week), and in spite of promises and reminders.  Officially I was told they were too busy and that I had asked quite a few in depth questions.

Full report (use google translate if you do not read German) :!114047/