At the recent Mayor’s Question Time on 22nd June Caroline Russell, Member of the London Assembly for the Green Party, submitted a written question to Sadiq Khan:
So, how did this “Mayor for all Londoners” who promised the most engaging, open and transparent leadership answer?
Frankly, this is the most appalling answer. For well over a year, since starting his campaign to stand for Labour as Mayor of London, he has consistently refused to communicate, respond to or engage with opponents of the Garden Bridge, experts from procurement, environment or transport and, importantly, the local community.
During his campaign period he was the only candidate to not meet with or communicate with opponants of the scheme – depressingly even the BNP bothered to reply while Sadiq remained silent.
It is understood, however, that he has managed to find time (including in the two weeks after he was elected Mayor) to meet the Garden Bridge Trust, Thomas Heatherwick, the Northbank BID, Coin Street, Lambeth Council and other stakeholders in the scheme.
This is all too familiar to the previous Mayor’s period in charge. Sadiq may as well turn up at the Absolutely Fabulous premiere this week in arms with Joanna Lumley and declare her an old family friend.
Now is entirely the right time to hold such a meeting about a project he appears to know very little about and the total naivity to take statements from the Garden Bridge Trust as fact.
Sadiq – talk to people who have been investigating this for years. Engage with the wealth of knowledge you have in your Assembly Members who profoundly understand the environmental damage, democratic dodginess, lack of transport needs, ever-growing financial burden and privatisation and calamitous effect on the local community all as a result of this private development.
If you genuinely want to shed light on the project, talk to the investigative journalists and procurement experts who understand the minutiae.
If you genuinely care about London’s communities and it’s not just a meaningless slogan then meet with the local residents, meet with their representative councillors, meet with the local MP.
If you actually want to be a principled and upright mayor and not immediately draw comparisons with your predecessor then start to act like someone who cares about London, the environment and us, your employers.
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