Judging by left of centre news outlets and social media, the proposed Garden Bridge across the Thames is the worst thing since George Osborne. Thus we find ourselves in an odd situation: the Right championing a piece of public expenditure based on greenery, one the Left seems to hate the very idea of.
Why? Is it because the whole thing was originally Joanna Lumley’s idea and she’s posh? Is it because Boris likes it? I suspect that’s probably a lot of it, the BoJo factor. Listen, guys, I disagree with Boris a lot myself too, but just because he thinks something is worthy it doesn’t automatically follow that the opposite is true.
Seriously, the outcry from some on the Left is so anti-Garden Bridge, you’d think the the city of London had allowed Wallmart to build a fox hunting track on the Thames. I know the Left is in crisis in Britain but has it really got so bad that decrying capital expenditure and creating green space in the middle of cities had become the new clarion call? Perhaps things are even worse than I’d thought.
It’s a bridge that will be covered in trees and plants, paid for mostly by the taxpayer. It sounds like almost a parody of what a far-left government would do as a priority if it managed to get a majority. Again, I genuinely want to know why the majority of the Left seems so full of loathing for the idea. And I mean it – people out there, please enlighten me.
And before anyone says, “I heard they are banning bicycles/groups of people/Green members from entering” let me remind you that as a public space, there is a lot you’ll be able to do to change any of this. Demonstrations, petitions: all that stuff you love. So any regulations you think will be imposed on such a bridge should be cause to ensure those regulations don’t come into force, not to take against the whole project itself.
In the meantime, I’m going to go on record and say I really quite like the whole concept of the Garden Bridge and think it will a nice addition to central London. For which I expect to be labelled a Tory without those chucking the epithet at me realising the irony.