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Are Boris Johnson’s Garden Bridge claims true or false?


The London Assembly session with Boris Johnson also showed how lies -- when doggedly stuck to and mutually reinforced -- can so easily come to resemble some sort of truth. The only AM that really put Johnson on the ropes was Tom Copley, who pushed and pushed on TFL/GLA's handling of some key conditions that allowed the Trust to prematurely sign a £100 million construction contract. To get out of the corner he was in, Johnson kept quoting from Mike Brown's evasive letter to the London Assembly which suggested (wrongly) that the Trust had satisfied all its funding conditions. But when Brown was previously pressed on this issue by Margaret Hodge, he conceded that the Trust should have been stopped from signing the contract, but he was under intense pressure from the Mayor's office to drive it forward: "Well, the Mayor is my boss, whoever the Mayor is, being honest." So we are just going around in circles. Brown points to Boris; Boris points to Brown. And everyone gets away with it.

Posted date

7 March, 2018

Posted time

10:41 am