by Tim Lezard The GMB has called on David Mellor to apologise for his outburst against a taxi driver. The former Tory minister was captured on tape telling a driver he was a “sweaty, stupid little shit”. Simon Rush, President of the GMB’s Professional …

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The GMB has called on David Mellor to apologise for his outburst against a taxi driver.

The former Tory minister was captured on tape telling a driver he was a “sweaty, stupid little shit”.

Simon Rush, President of the GMB’s Professional Drivers Branch, said, “Whatever the reason for this loutish verbal attack on a working person by this politician, it is unacceptable behaviour, not only on the road but in any workplace anywhere.

“This is not the first time we have seen arrogance and conceit from Mr Mellor. A public apology from Mr Mellor is in order.

“It doesn’t seem to matter how long you have been a fully-qualified and experienced cab driver, some of your passengers think they know routes better than you do. People are often using their mobiles to tell you which route to follow and sadly this often leads to abuse of the driver. The implication is that you are dishonest when in fact you will be taking the quickest route based on your accumulated knowledge of all the factors such as time of day, traffic flow, road works and other factors none of which the maps or software will take into account.”


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