What is this fascination Boris Johnson has with blowing vast amounts of public money on duff bridge projects?
His ‘Garden Bridge’ vanity project, while he was London Mayor, cost us £53 million without ever being built.
Now he wants to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland, to provide a concrete connection between the countries of the UK, saying it “would only cost about £15 billion”.
This is a man with no understanding of the value of money. Let’s face it, he has never been poor so there’s no reason he would have such knowledge.
The Twitter commentariat are having fun with it:
(He must have some mates in the construction industry who fancy a freebie for not building a bridge.) Boris Johnson says his plan for a bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland 'would only cost about £15 billion' https://t.co/ktUBa4QFkn via @businessinsider
— Keith Ordinary Guy #NHSLove (@KeithCameron5) September 13, 2019
Boris Johnson says his plan for a bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland 'would only cost about £15 billion'……… Can’t wait for his plans for a ladder to the moon & a slide to Australia! https://t.co/ETlUcx6xSS
— John pitchford 🌹 (@Johnnypapa64) September 13, 2019
Even the UK Business Insider – This Site’s source for this story – is scathing:
The prime minister first suggested the idea of a bridge across the Irish Sea when he was foreign secretary in 2018 and has apparently revived it since entering Downing Street.
His proposal was, at the time, branded by one expert as a “thoughtless soundbite” that “no sane contractor or responsible government” would sanction.
Writing to The Sunday Times last year, James Duncan, a retired offshore engineer from Edinburgh, said the idea was “about as feasible as building a bridge to the moon.”
“Many long bridges have been built, but none across such a wide, deep and stormy stretch of water,” he continued.
“For a great part of the 22-mile route the water is more than 1,000 feet deep. It would require about 30 support towers at least 1,400 feet high to carry the road deck across the deepest part and above the shipping channel. In total the bridge would require 54 towers, of heights never achieved anywhere in the world.”
Expensive and impractical… it is the Garden Bridge all over again. And at a time when the UK needs to save its money because of BoJob’s Brexit.
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