Boris Johnson didn't 'dare to support' the Garden Bridge project. It was he who made it happen in the first place. Except he didn't, in the end - because it was always a terrible idea. Touted on a false prospectus, it could only be kept artificially alive with buckets of public money, after private donations melted away. Johnson then walked away, in search of bigger vehicles to crash.
The suggestion that the Garden Bridge's myriad opponents were somehow led astray by political concerns, as if the concept only ever belonged in some lofty realm of pure form, is naive to the point of childishness. This was always a nakedly political project, and no top-dressing of greenery was ever going to be enough to cover its embarrassment.
On our way to join Saturday's march, we walked down Arundel Street, with its new or impending luxury flats on both sides. This is the 'urban regeneration' which was part of the promised benefits of the Garden Bridge. Needless to say, it's all happening anyway. So here is another reminder of the miasma of bullshit which enveloped the whole business from the outset.
The bridge was a gigantic lie. It was touted as an impossible combination of irresistible visitor attraction (see Paul Finch, above and elsewhere), key transport infrastructure (its value as such would have been trivial), and 'oasis of tranquility' (in direct contradiction to both the above). Even the renders used in the media were dishonestly presented. Then we started to learn about all the procedural abuses in connection - a list that proved to be as long as your arm.
All these failings would have applied even if the bridge had failed earlier, and if the costs had been met by donors. Instead, £53m of public money was burnt through.
No surprise, then, that the unlamented Conservative mayor who was chiefly responsible for this wasteful and staggeringly mendacious scheme should also share the guilt in pushing the country to the present brink of disaster. The only surprise is that anyone should still regard this epitome of bad governance and bad faith as worth defending.
"Angry headbanging is a waste of time" - Paul Finch.
Now imagine that this brave principle could be rolled out across public life. It's the prosecution's fault! If only those headbangers would just shut up and move on, we could even make it look as though no offence had been committed in the first place,
Paul Finch says that he 'had no connection at all with the trust or its fund-raising'. Perhaps if he'd known a little more of how the Garden Bridge project operated, his pronouncements about it would be less deluded.
John Hinckley shot President Reagan in 1981, in a bid to impress the actress Jodie Foster. He is still in prison for his crime. If Boris Johnson proves to have acted illegally in a bid to impress the actress Joanna Lumley, let's hope that the law will likewise take its course.