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New York: Council speaker criticises carriage driver’s anti-gay and racist comments

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  1. This guy has a warped sense of who he is and what he represents…he does NOT represent NYC. I captured him about a year ago arguing with the rickshaw drivers in Central park.

  2. Sounded like a Northern Irish accent to me.

    Interesting, and even more to be expected~

    1. Cardinal Capone 19 Jul 2012, 6:56pm

      Certainly is.

      It seems like he was maybe being provoked. This isn’t really a gay story at all. I don’t know if the horses are treated badly or not, but seen from his point of view a group of people are harassing his customers and preventing him doing his job, so he was obviously miffed and used bad language. To get sidetracked into the use of his language simply moves attention away from whether there is animal cruelty going on, which is what the real story is.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 19 Jul 2012, 4:38pm

    Regardless of the incident, there’s no need to have horses pulling people around in a congested city such as New York, especially in the abysmal heat-waves it’s been having. I’ve been there twice when it was incredibly hot and humid, not something the average Brit could ever get used to. Those poor animals stand around in the heat waiting for passengers. Cruel in my view.

    1. Yes ignore the racism. Typical

  4. Carl Rowlands 19 Jul 2012, 5:55pm

    Oh dear! Surely hi has violated his licence!

  5. Has the driver been fired? If not then why not?

    While I think that horse drawn carriages are cruel to the horses pulling them it is silly to claim that the drivers of these carriages are all bigots .
    PETA’s call to ban these carriages because of the bigotry of 1 driver is the same as calling for all taxis to be banned because some taxi drivers are bigots.

    PETA is confusing 2 issues here – the mistreatment of the horses and the bigotry of that driver.

    1. Both bigotry and mistreatment of horses are bad – however just because one person may be involved in both does not mean (as you rightly say dAVID) that all those who mistreat horses are bigots – in the same way that all bigots do not necessarily mistreat horses!

  6. That There Other David 19 Jul 2012, 6:43pm

    Well, that’s one great big own goal he’s just scored. Is it too much to hope he might learn from this and take a damn good look at himself, including those idiotic opinions he holds about lesbians?


  7. Seems to me than many of the Irish who ended up in the U.S. have attitudes not now seen in the country they came from, expect by a few in the north, or in other countries that have moved on.
    They wave their tricolours or flags of St George but live in an era and time now fast disappearing or largely gone.

    1. That driver is not Irish American – he is from Northern Ireland. Have you seen who is in power in Northern Ireland – the DUP, a party led by crazed, homophobic evangelical christian.

      1. Yes, sounds like and Orangeman to me.

  8. I too was concerned about the horses in New York while working there recently. I asked a horse expert her opinion. She said that horses like routine and they enjoy being worked. The ones in NY wear special horseshoes to soften the impact of the road surface. I only saw them standing in the shade when they weren’t given rides. It doesn’t seem like much of a life but many horses fare a lot worse. I don’t worry about them now but I do hope ALL their owners/drivers keep their welfare uppermost in mind.

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