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Garden Bridge risks were ‘downplayed’ to please Boris Johnson

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Anyone kept count of Boris's 'pet projects' in recent years? There was his 'Boris Bus' to replace the controversial Heatherwick designed 'bendy buses' and ease his way into the job of Mayor (not that the so called Routemaster replacement came anywhere near matching the design quality of the original, or the aspirations of any bus operator outside London). Then there was the promised cancellation of Heathrow's third runway to ease his way back into Parliament (while still Mayor, nice if you can get away with it) - not that Boris was serious, he flitted off to Afghanistan for the day rather than 'face the music' in Parliament. Then there's the Garden Bridge project, which seems to have involved a host of fiddling, corner-cutting and dodging and diving when it came to accounting for public expenditure (and on whom it was spent) - not that Boris was to blame, he even tried to smear a journalist who was asking awkward questions. And there is an uncanny analogy here with the conduct of the great Brexit project - and both are yet to achieve closure. There's another 'pet project' currently in the headlines (and not just of the tabloid press), also involving the disbursement of public funds - but of such a personal nature that it's probably not for discussion here. Boris clearly expects to be able to fly merrily on his way towards pseudo Churchillian stardom, but for the good of all of us he needs his wings clipped, now.

Posted date

16 October, 2019

Posted time

11:04 am

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