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Former TfL boss points finger at Johnson over Garden Bridge contest


Chris my reading of the transcripts aligns. A clear issue has been that under the public contracts regulations & EU directives there is no public interest challenge for the procurements if participants themselves cant or dont challenge. In the future there clearly should be, as the degree of current 'capture' of professionals under eg frameworks, is both pressuring of professionalism and independence, and no longer tenable. The new information released in the transcripts however now reveals other grounds for bringing account. Who or for that matter when this happens is I think now the big issue. The avoidance of reputational damage appears to have been upper most for both TfL & GLA to date, and so they have failed to act adequately. Hence other channels need bringing forward. As Robert states, democratic institutions fail if law & regulations are not upheld and dissuasive action is not forthcoming. This appears after all to be no less than contract rigging, misappripriation and fraudulent public expenditure of eye watering amounts. Regarding the necessary action the question must then be who moves it, how & when? Is it time to take it through eg Public prosecution. I doubt given present UK politics this would have any chance of success. Thoughts anyone?

Posted date

3 October, 2017

Posted time

12:37 pm


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