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.
The Garden Bridge Trust is looking increasingly like the Arcadia group, CEO (former) Sir Philip Green.
Comment on: Why the Garden Bridge should be built
Let the last word go to the creator of the Garden Bridge:
' "It feels like we're trying to pull off a big crime," says its designer, Thomas Heatherwick, with a twinkle in his eye.'
(The Guardian, interview by Oliver Wainwright, 24 June 2014)
Paul Finch is missing the point. This scheme has proved uniquely divisive, and staggeringly dishonest too, both in terms of its back-doors procurement and its ongoing presentation by the Garden Bridge Trust and its supporters. Even if it were some sort of masterpiece, it's so compromised by its own history that it shouldn't be built. Except that it's no masterpiece - only a clunky, flashy and intrusive gimmick.