James Bloodworth is a British journalist whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The New Statesman, and The Times, among other publications. He is the author of The Myth of Meritocracy and the forthcoming Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain.

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How Uber Stalled in London

A London black-cab taxi driver at a protest against Uber, London, February 10, 2016

Until London’s regulatory pushback, Uber had thrived in Britain. The interests of the public, as consumers, were understood to be intrinsically bound together with those of this Silicon Valley disrupter in a struggle against restrictive business practices. Yet the past now appears to be exacting its revenge. Or, to be more precise, the future may not look as laissez faire as Uber’s champions would have us believe.