As long term readers will be aware I have endured great suffering on buses. If it's not some dreary racist wittering on, someone is pissing on the floor, fighting or hurling abuse at everyone. Often all at once. If I had children I'd tell them to stay safe by walking home of an evening.
Anyway it would seem I'm not alone. Today's Herald carries a report about the horrors faced by anyone travelling by bus. Nearly everyone who travels on the moving slums is petrified!
43% have witnessed fighting or aggressive behaviour between other passengers, 50% arguments between passengers and 65% have witnessed a passenger arguing with the driver. That is in addition to the drunken behaviour, drug abuse and vandalism that is so widespread.
I am unclear why so many people are incapable of getting on a bus, paying their money and sitting quietly, but they are. Of course the oft repeated and entirely sensible suggestion that conductors should be brought back has been put forward by those surveyed. SPT have unsurprisingly responded by totally missing the point and introducing 122 buses with CCTV installed. So at least we'll have a record of our untimely death, serious assault or that really exciting time we got groped to pass on to the grandchildren.