Most of the worlds problems can be solved by taxi drivers. In Leeds yesterday I heard the story of a manufacturing business that employed 27 people but could not see off competition from China. “Why don’t we campaign to Buy British?” asked the driver, who was obviously much younger than his passenger.
“People can’t afford to take taxis,” he said in response to a question about his new line of business “and now they say we’re in a double dip.” I do wonder sometimes whether there is something of a self-fulfilling prophesy about the economic figures.
And the taxi fare: £3. How do you make a living and dispense such wisdom at that price?