Cabs should cut prices for scantily clad women, says councillor
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Following a Lewisham cab company’s decision to use flyers plastered with the image of a downward facing young woman, bruised and drenched from the rain, the slogan ‘should have used Data Cars’ callously placed next to her trembling form, the twittersphere and The Everyday Sexism project let out a collective groan. Amongst this backdrop of general exasperation, another spate of misguided comments has surfaced, this time from a Brentwood councillor. Councillor Chris Hossack has emerged from the haze of obscurity and minor local renown as a knight swathed in shining bureaucratic armour, on a quest to protect the honour of the scantily clad ladies of Brentwood. The councillor is heading a new action group charged with the task of tackling the town’s night time economy in the thunderous wake of The Only Way Is Essex. His first plan of action: cutting taxi fare for the skimpily dressed. Hossack claims that TOWIE has encouraged sex attacks on women as female stars, like Amy Childs, have apparently triggered a pandemic of provocative going out gear. In response to the scourge of skimpy outfits, he proposes that taxi drivers should slice prices for the inappropriately dressed, to protect them from sexual assault. When faced with questions as to whether this policy could in fact encourage rather than deter women from wearing revealing clothes, he cuttingly responded: ‘To be honest I don’t think it can get any worse. They can’t possibly wear any less.
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