And if Red Ken had come up with the idea, would there be as much hate on here about it?
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For once, I don't this is so much about politics but more the nature of the bus design. London always considers itself a 'special case' and tends to avoid anything 'not invented here' - all of which is quite ridiculous. To think that London really *needed* an open rear platform when they had already coped well without it was, to me, the first bit of a wasted design initiative. Of course it then needed a second person to oversee the platform, but he/she wasn't to be a conductor responsible for revenue control - you couldn't make it up !