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Is Labour to blame for Chris Grayling’s cyclist clash?

As commuters turn on Chris Grayling over the ongoing Southern rail chaos, the Transport Secretary has now managed to clash with cyclists too. The Guardian has published video footage that appears to show Grayling knocking over a cyclist — as they approached a cycling lane — by opening the door of the car he is in.

While Grayling immediately went to check the cyclist was okay, Mr S couldn’t help but recall that earlier this month he launched a verbal attack on cyclists. He told the Evening Standard that cycle lanes were designed in a manner in which they cause problems for road users:

‘I don’t think all the cycle lanes in London have been designed as well as they should have been.

There are places where they perhaps cause too much of a problem for road users and they could have been designed in a smarter way.’

And who did he choose to blame for the problem? Well, Sadiq Khan obviously. ‘As Transport Secretary, I can only watch, because it is a matter for the Mayor,’ he explained. It seems even Grayling’s mishap can be blamed on Labour…

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