I'm led to believe that, under the Equality Act (2010), I am entitled to the same conditions and benefits as the rest of my colleagues. However, for those of you who would care to read my previous blogs on "The Abbey Wood Car Parking Farce", you'll see this is no longer the case. The spineless cnut O'Donaghue, who will be retiring over Christmas, a week before his brainchild scheme comes into effect, has been informed by his "legal team" that such a move is all above board. However, given the quality of MOD legal staff (they've got certificates from dbLearning, you know?) and the sheer, bare-faced stupidity of the decision, I'm not remotely convinced. How can MOD remove parking privileges for what will amount to around 7% of its staff, based solely on their location, without offering any recompense for the required changes in finance or lifestyle, when everyone else will be unaffected? There are numerous reasons as to why this decision is immoral, stupid, and possibly illegal. The big ones, as I see it, are: If I walk to work it could take me up to 10 times as long - this will increase my working day by 2 hours, unpaid, without my consent. If I wish to cycle to work I must purchase a bike using my own money. My journey time will still increase, meaning a longer working day without an increase in pay. Walking or cycling in the dark, or in inclement weather, increases the chances I will be injured in an accident or become the victim of crime. Taking public transport is slower, less reliable and significantly more expensive than using a car. The location of my house implied an additional premium on its cost, due to vicinity of Abbey Wood. This vicinity will now actively reduce the value of my house as it becomes less attractive to potential buyers who may work at the site. These are just a few of the many points I could raise, and ignore the fact that this "solution" has been shown to be ill thought-out and unlikely to solve the problem. Where do I stand? Do MOD really have a legal leg to stand on when implementing this, given all the mistakes they've made in the lead-up, and all the effects it will have after implementation?