London Is Offered A Gift Horse From The Chinese
Yesterday I read with great interest that the Chinese Telecoms giant Huawei have supposedly offered to install a mobile phone network on the London Underground for free of charge. A £50 million gift from one Olympic nation to another…I never knew the Chinese were so generous.
The prospect of having to listen to some loud mouth yapping away on their mobile phone on the tube is not something I personally want to experience. It is bad enough listening to some total bore telling the world about what they did last night on the bus. Who cares, and why do they always have to talk so loud about their boring life’s?
It was only last week we learned that the majority of cyber attacks in the world stem from China…yes indeed. And to make things more interesting, seemingly many of those attacks are state sponsored. The Chinese Government are reputed to employ thousands of hackers. Just like I’m sure the British, USA, French German and many other countries all around the world do.
The Mayor Boris Johnson says that he is not personally worried about security issues. If Boris says so, I guess we have to put our minds at ease! I hope the prospect of a free 50 million pounds gift from one Olympic nation to another – yeah right – hasn’t blinded TFL and the Mayors Office!
Mobile phone access on London Underground is a double edged sword. It would enable terrorist’s to detonate bombs remotely, and of course it would also be useful for emergency purposes, such as in the event of a terrorist attack! And the icing on the cake, are the Chinese really offering this out of the kindest of their hearts or is there something more sinister going on…
Anyway, do we really need mobile phone access on London Underground? I think not!