It's the weekend before Christmas in one of the most developed cities in the world.
I get up in the morning hoping to finish my Christmas shopping only to find that all trains on my branch of the Southeastern network have been diverted.
I consider getting some kind of bus-DLR-tube combination into town but take one look at the TfL website and think better of it:
So on potentially the busiest shopping weekend of the year, the city and it's economy is all but cut off to me. And what's our Mayor Boris Johnson going to do about all this?
Well asked this week about the appalling recent service on Southeastern trains he replied simply that:
"I don't actually have any say in the matter"
Which of course hasn't stopped him having plenty of say on topics (like airports in Kent) which he has no official control over.
And on the TfL network of which he *has* got official control over, and of which he has said previously that "I am TfL" he told his Twitter followers yesterday:
Coping well? Is this the Pyongyang style approach to political communications?
I mean in what alternate reality can this sorry state of affairs be described as "coping well?"
Of course we all know Boris doesn't use public transport but he can't be that out of touch surely?
But then maybe we're being a little unfair on Boris. I mean at least it's only the trains and tubes that have ground to a halt this year and not the entire bus network like last year:
Come on Boris. You've been in the job almost three years now. Time to get a grip.