Image of the Week: Uber Hijacks London Cabbies’ Protest
To be honest, it was a bit of a struggle to pick our favourite image of the week. We had our shortlist, don’t get me wrong. And it’s not like there wasn’t a plethora of emotive images from around the world to choose from, including some very poignant images from Iraq, Eygpt and, of course, Brazil. We just couldn’t decide what image caused the most influence, as each one carried as much wieght as the other.
But one image did stand out to us, one that was closer to home.
We opted for the quintessential British image of London’s licensed black cabs on The Mall, decorated with Union Jacks and complete with Buckingham Palace in the background. Al Murray couldn’t have created a more patriotic image.
Not a particularly emotional photo, but one that captures a moment from one of London’s most established icons brilliantly. The sheer iconicity of the image caused the media and public to sit up and pay attention to the campaign against the introduction of the Uber app in the UK as London’s black cabs staged a protest that brought gridlock to the city centre.
However the overall outcome might not have gone the way London’s licensed taxi drivers would have hoped, as the cabbies’ actions and resulting media coverage caused downloads of the Uber app to increase by 850%, according to ITV News, highlighting an app that most people had never heard of on a national scale.
What’s the saying again, ‘be careful what you wish for’?