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How was the Garden Bridge Trust able to spend £46m on a non-existent bridge?

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'Chutzpah' is one word for it, but where's the dividing line between that and outright dishonesty? - 'In the context of total TfL spending....a £46 million write-off amounts to little more than a rounding error when lost in the scale of TfL's £10 billion budget'. In case anyone doesn't recognise it, this looks remarkably like corruption in action, and in terms of relativity there are more questions: 1 - is TfL too big and important a potential client for architects to call foul if they're given the run-around in clearly rigged procurement exercises? 2 - is Arup too big and important to be held to account for its part in the Garden Bridge affair? 3 - is the current Foreign Secretary too big and important to be brought to book for falsely maligning his successor as Mayor of London, and maybe even presiding over a culture of lack of due diligence (to put it mildly) among some of his senior staff during his time as Mayor? 4 - is Baron Davies of Abersoch too 'Great and Good' to be held to account for the more questionable elements of his Garden Bridge Trust's activities? 5 - is the former Chancellor of the Exchequer's involvement in this debacle entirely above criticism? If these issues aren't addressed openly and honestly, and are fudged, what sort of message does that send out to the rest of the country?

Posted date

30 April, 2018

Posted time

10:14 am

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