Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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A weekly survey of the things our rulers want to prohibit

THERE are some rules which, however hard you try to look at them, leave you standing like an exasperated toddler: 'But why not, mummy, why notT

After a disappointing visit to the Millennium Dome, one recent visitor had his day made for him by the stations along the new Jubilee Line. They seemed to have everything - elegance, gravitas and a sense of purpose - which the Dome itself lacked. Standing in the vast hall of one station, he innocently whipped out his camera and took a photograph. Immediately he was set upon by security guards and told to put the camera away.

Flash photography, explains London Underground, can temporarily blind train drivers. Fair enough, if he had been on the platform, but since the photographer was in the ticket hall, it didn't seem to be much of an argument. 'We do allow people to take long-exposure photographs without a flash,' says a LT spokesman, 'though you can only use a tripod under supervision from a member of staff because it could create a tripping hazard for passengers. …

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