Taxicab Confessions


What a conversation with a London taxi driver says about the state of modern England: Strikes, the price of Brexit, and no mention of the World Cup

I’m in London for the wedding of two great friends who are at the heart of political and cultural London society. Former Prime Minster David Cameron gave the toast at the reception last evening.

So it was appropriate that on my ride over to the reception, my cab driver decided to use the opportunity of the holiday traffic to explain the misery—at least as he saw it—of living in a post-Brexit, post-12-years-of-the-Tory-party England. (It’s famously customary for London cabbies to chat. It’s less customary for them to start conversations, as mine did, with “I am a socialist” because most London cabbies are conservatives.)

Still, it’s just one of those ever-green English truisms: If you want to understand the pulse of England, talk to a London taxi driver. Or rather, listen and learn.

My driver had a litany of issues. And let me just tell you: We think things are bad in the U.S., but all is not so peachy in the UK either.

Read the rest at “Vicky Ward Investigates.”