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Sadiq Khan slammed over £20m Garden Bridge ‘loan’ deal


The ways in which good governance is currently being corrupted and distorted by rampant populism - everywhere from the White house to the Kremlin - are mirrored in this country by the textbook antics of Boris Johnson, from before Brexit, the third Heathrow runway and the Garden Bridge saga, back when he gained the office of London mayor by promising to ban 'bendy buses' and introduced the Heatherwick designed hybrid things that were supposedly an up-to-date version of the classic Routemaster bus. A look at the history of their procurement shows up some remarkable similarities with the unorthodox procedures adopted to push through the Garden Bridge design, and could this have encouraged Boris and Heatherwick in their later endeavours? Michael Ball's references to the political clout of the Evening Standard raises the spectre of its current editor, George Osborne, as the 'elephant in the room' in his previous incarnation as Chancellor of the Exchequer. In the (ongoing) 'time of austerity' he was hacking enthusiastically at a vast range of government funding of basic services while helping to finance the garden bridge - perhaps as much cronyism as populism, but his subsequent trumpeting of the concept of the 'Northern Powerhouse' is surely a classic bit of pure populism in action.

Posted date

14 September, 2018

Posted time

10:30 am


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