Former prime minister David Cameron had money to spare for the project, despite the fact that it appears to have no business case (and no southern landing, either) and could leave the public £23 million out of pocket.
Just to put it into perspective, that is enough money to pay the benefits of 3,833 ESA claimants for a year, with change left over.
As the Conservatives are willing to spend so much of our money on a project that, while pretty, has no useful purpose, perhaps we should also fund a pair of placques, to be placed on both the north and south landings.
They could say: “The Conservative Party could have funded benefits for thousands of sick and disabled people, but took away their money and spent it here instead.
“Lives were ruined to pay for this pretty bridge. Remember that, whenever you use it.”
David Cameron personally intervened to approve extra taxpayer funding for London’s controversial Garden Bridge project, it has emerged.
The former prime minister did so against advice from officials, an investigation by the National Audit Office (NAO) found.
The NAO said nearly £23m of taxpayer money was now at risk of being lost.
Transport Minister Lord Ahmad said the government remained supportive of the project.
London mayor Sadiq Khan has ordered a full review of the proposals for the Thames river crossing.
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