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Former TfL boss points finger at Johnson over Garden Bridge contest

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The active role of La Dedring in the 'fix' is no surprise, given her quite extraordinarily mendacious performance in front of Margaret Hodge - what on earth do Arup's professional staff think of their new 'colleague', I wonder? The comments of the two 'fall guys' in the mock competition are no surprise, either - the use of confidentiality clauses in a clear attempt to conceal crookery should be ringing warning bells at all levels of government, but when the lead 'crook' is a cabinet minister what chance is there of that? And perhaps the most dismal aspect of this grubby saga is the confirmation that an architect would think twice before criticising a client with the clout of TfL - any architect worth the name knows how insidious dry rot is once it gets a hold, and how difficult it can be to eradicate without major surgery to a building. Likewise, surely, the effect of crooked patronage - and bent politicians and senior civil servants - if that culture is seen to thrive.

Posted date

3 October, 2017

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10:20 am

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