Rory Stewart has been busy recently. An article in City A.M. says:
"Rory Stewart will guarantee funding for the £95m Hammersmith Bridge repairs if elected mayor. The independent candidate today pledged to underwrite the cost of repairing the bridge in his first week in office from Transport for London’s (TfL) capital account."
He also posted this video on Twitter:
Hammersmith Bridge has been in a state of paralysis for too long. @SadiqKhan has failed to take responsibility for something that is eminently within his control. As Mayor I would break the deadlock by underwriting the entire repair cost to have it reopened as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/VTxODLPZqz— Rory Stewart (@RoryStewartUK) March 12, 2020
The video in particular contains a number of inaccuracies:
Rory Stewart is the latest in a series of politicians who think that the way to win votes is to stand in front of Hammersmith Bridge and promise to reopen it to cars. Zac Goldsmith did it (and lost his seat) and Shaun Bailey has also given his (inaccurate) views.
It's very disappointing that these politicians don't even consider the possibilities afforded by the closure of the bridge to cars. Their attitude is that the only way to get around is by car, and they assume we all think the same.
Perhaps they should take note of a recent survey undertaken by Fare City that showed that younger people are in favour of keeping the bridge closed to cars.
Well, even though I'm not exactly a "younger person", Rory won't be getting my vote!
Posted on 11th March 2020