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Started by Gotout on Mar 1, 2018 10:06:23 AM
How will Boris get out of this?

The Garden Bridge saga returns, and Boris could be investigated for misconduct in public office.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/feb/28/b
oris-johnson-could-face-investigation-over-thames-garden-bridge

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Gotout - 01 Mar 2018 10:07:45 (#1 of 1014)

Will our favourite slime ball get away with it?

browserbutton - 01 Mar 2018 10:09:40 (#2 of 1014)

"So where is the £46.4m then, Foreign Secretary? You can't have spent it all on slap-up dinners at Simpsons-in-the-Strand, surely!"

Electro2 - 01 Mar 2018 10:10:40 (#3 of 1014)

He bought some canons...

Brunothecat - 01 Mar 2018 10:11:20 (#4 of 1014)

Surcharge.

They must go for a surcharge, as with Shirley Porter.

machiavelli - 01 Mar 2018 10:11:35 (#5 of 1014)

Oh please let there be charges laid.

SinnerBoy - 01 Mar 2018 10:11:49 (#6 of 1014)

Yes, so what has the money been spent on? He should pay it back, he can sell one of his stately homes, to raise the money.

SunkenTreasures - 01 Mar 2018 10:19:40 (#7 of 1014)

I'd like to know more about where the public money went - which companies and whether there was any connection to him etc.

Was there ever even a real intention to build this bridge or was it all just a scam?

Delighted_User - 01 Mar 2018 10:21:18 (#8 of 1014)

The Graun article says that the idea originally came from Joanna Lumley, who is a family friend of Boris. That's depressing, isn't it?

SunkenTreasures - 01 Mar 2018 10:22:14 (#9 of 1014)

Yes, I thought she was a bit more sensible than that.

SunkenTreasures - 01 Mar 2018 10:22:40 (#10 of 1014)

Perhaps it was infatuation on his part then.

Gotout - 01 Mar 2018 10:23:08 (#11 of 1014)

I doubt if we will ever get an honest breakdown of where the money went, 'Commercial confidentiality' will probably feature in a lot of the breakdown.

invicta - 01 Mar 2018 10:23:11 (#12 of 1014)

The bridge was a nice idea and a crossing at that point would have economic benefits. The cost and private ownership/restricted entry, though; not good.

browserbutton - 01 Mar 2018 10:23:37 (#13 of 1014)

She's Ab and Fab, whereas he's more Gab and Flab.

cozzer - 01 Mar 2018 10:24:04 (#14 of 1014)

No, a crossing at that point was a terrible idea.

solomongursky - 01 Mar 2018 10:24:24 (#15 of 1014)

Procurement was rigged. It's pretty obvious.

invicta - 01 Mar 2018 10:25:41 (#16 of 1014)

No, a crossing at that point was a terrible idea.

It wasn't, not at all - the Southbank is immensely crowded at weekends/during the summer and a connection at that point would make Temple station on the other bank a useful weekend tube link (when at the moment it's almost disused).

SinnerBoy - 01 Mar 2018 10:27:09 (#17 of 1014)

If he gets surcharged, he'll just copy Porter and run off to Israel, citing his 1/32 of Jewish heritage.

solomongursky - 01 Mar 2018 10:27:59 (#18 of 1014)

Jack Cohen started out in Hackney selling ration coupons on the black market.

Gotout - 01 Mar 2018 10:29:35 (#19 of 1014)

he'll just copy Porter and run off to Israel

I can't see him doing that, he still has dreams of becoming PM and that would kill any chance he might have. I think he will play his usual game of trying to bluff his way out of it, whatever happens it could prove interesting...

darkhorse - 01 Mar 2018 10:31:10 (#20 of 1014)

The "garden" part of the bridge may have suffered in weather like this.

I am no horticulturalist, but I don't think a London garden bridge is likely to be impressive in terms of vegetation.

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