Rotherham Taxis – War Looms! That Comment

The following comment has been left on the post Rotherham Taxis – War Looms!:

This identically worded comment has been left by Akram Ali, Afsars and Anonymous, clarification all three were left by af54azs:

“This information is completely false and wrong. Mr Rotherham Politics please don’t spread false rumours. I was at the meeting and the people who were their are:
Cllr Gerald Smith
Cllr Barry Dodson
Cllr Peter Wooten
Cllr Rose McNealy
Chris Stone (head of enforcement)
Strategic Director for Highways
Debra Braggs (licensing manager)

Cllr Mahroof Hussain and Cllr Jahanghir Akhtar were not there and have nothing to do with this. I want to know why you mention their names? Are you racist and don’t like Asian Cllr’s? I ask this because you don’t mention the white indigenous Cllr’s who were there; but mention Asian cllrs who weren’t even there? What is your agenda? We should be told!! We also want to know who your source is? We don’t want people spreading lies causing devisions amongst the taxi drivers.

One more thing I want to ask you Mr Rotherham Politics. Why have you mentioned Sajid Bostans name? He is not Cllr Mahroof Hussain brother in law. That’s a lie. Secondly why have you mentioned the vice chairman and not the chairman Rafaqat Hussain? RPHDA would be grateful if you could provide the answers to our questions. We don’t need your help with our economic concerns Mr Rotherham Politics.
Thank You”

Taking the points in order as they appear above in the text, but not necessarily in order of importance:

You make mention of a specific meeting, Rothpol did not! Rothpol was referring to meetings plural, not one specific meeting. Your references to one meeting in particular though has given readers new information, for which we are grateful.

You ask the following questions:

“Are you racist and don’t like Asian Cllr’s?”

The simple answer is, Rothpol is no racist! Just read Rotherham Politics. Endless repetition of this tired accusation does not make it true! Nor will it deflect us from dealing with difficult issues as they arise.

“What is your agenda? We should be told!!”

Rotherham Politics has no party political agenda but exists to bring news of a political nature to readers that is, hopefully, both topical and informative.

“We also want to know who your source is?

There is no who, but a number of separate sources, all of whom enjoy our protection. Rothpol will not give up it’s sources to anyone, to expect anything else of us, is extraordinarily naive.

Started the process of reviewing Mondays events and the phone conversations I had with Sajid Bostan, Afzar Afsars and others. Will report on their extraordinary contents later, in a separate posting.

Rotherham Taxis – War Looms!

News has reached Rotherham Politics of further strife amongst Rotherham’s Taxi drivers.

On one side are the Hackney Carriage drivers, who are believed backed by Jahangir Akhtar, who was once one of them, and on the other are the far more numerous, Private Hire Taxi drivers, believed backed by Mahroof Hussain assisted by Sajid Bostan the vice chair of the Private Hire Taxi Association and *Mahroof’s brother in law.

There have been a number of meetings recently concerning these disputes between the two different types of Taxis. This is understood to emanate, from promises made to the Private Hire Taxi drivers during last November’s Rotherham By-Election campaign. Promises that would likely be unlawful if implemented, and which would ‘drive a coach and horses’ through the distinction between the two types of taxis!

There have been many concerns raised over this issue and the Licensing Committee certainly have questions to answer about their diligence on behalf of Rotherham’s citizens in respect to the licensing of taxi drivers.

Would like to be a fly on the wall in tomorrows meeting in the Lubyanka! More news later.

From RMBC Website: Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicle (minicab).

*Sajid Bostan has rung confirming that he is not married to Mahroof Hussain’s sister and not therefore, A brother in law. My apologies for any upset caused!

Started the process of reviewing Mondays events and the phone conversations I had with Sajid Bostan, Afzar Afsars and others. Will report on their extraordinary contents later, in a separate posting.