The proverbial well and truly hit the fan last night when the booze ban party turned nasty. At least seven staff were assaulted, and half a dozen stations closed due to either overcrowding or bad behaviour as the Circle line became a party venue. Trains were damaged and taken out of service.
Before Boris Johnson gets on his soapbox and denounces thuggery, he should take a long look in the mirror and realise that his opportunistic, headline-grabbing, rushed new policy prompted last night's chaos. And London Underground should reflect on their lack of consultation with the unions, their unhelpful and inconsistent advice to staff, and the casual, complacent attitude they took to last night's party. They knew it was coming, but put on no extra staff at many of the locations that could expect trouble.
Tubeworker has heard reports of staff being assaulted but the police being 'too busy' to help. Management and the Mayor have shown that they can not protect their own staff. We will obviously have to protect ourselves - by refusing to enforce their provocative, ill-prepared policy moves.