Berlin, Ankara terror attacks show Southern Rail unions are right, says George Galloway

George Galloway believes there has to be a guard on the trains to guard against violent incidents

Unions claim Southern's plans for driverless trains aren't feasible

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

George Galloway has claimed the terror attacks in Germany and Turkey vindicate the stance of the unions in the Southern Rail crisis, and said it would be "insane" to move to driverless trains in the current climate.

Galloway was speaking after the Russian ambassador was shot dead in Ankara and a lorry ploughed into a Christmas market into Berlin, killing at least 12 people.

Our presenter said: "in a world that is spinning on its axis in fear of a terrorist attack, they [Southern Rail and the Government] want to take guards off the trains.

"So there will be nobody to look out for suspicious packages, there will be nobody to look out for suspicious individuals. There will be nobody to come to the aid of a woman or an ethnic minority person being abused by racists on the train. There'll be just you and your fellow passengers and a driver hurtling at 100mph - if they can get up to that speed on Southern trains."

Galloway said such a policy would be ludicrous at any time, "but at this time when the threat is officially severe of a terrorist attack... it is simply insane to want to take the guards off the trains."

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