Sunday 15 February 2015 5.00pm
Very Well Camberwell
The are lots and lotsa options and all the parties have got their favourite fix for this the most troublesome of tube extensions. In December and hot on the heels of Labours announcement to go with Old Kent Road
option (or not) Caroline Pidgeon Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group said:
"A two branch extension of the Bakerloo Line is vital for south east London" - 10 December 2014
Caroline wants to a see a two branch extension incorporating Camberwell on 2nd southern branch or perhaps a southern loop. Now to some loopy thinking is what being a politician is all about, but to me it's still all plain crazy.
With all things to all people and Caroline would have you believe Camberwell is suddenly back in the game.
This political potato has yet to roast a while. Whilst the jury is out the money will be counted and that at the end of the day is all that matters. Loopy thinking or fuzzy logic aside the scheme that will be chosen will be the one that affords Boris and his mates their best return on their investment, and lets not forget Boris has at his disposal simply acres and hectares of derelict public land at his beck and call.
Most of Boris's Booty is located to the east and south east of the capital and is just ripe for a tube train extension a shopping centre or commercial development or five.
Just this week the "China Development" a development of several hectares of prime London expublic land was signed into action with completion around 2017. A fine example of "Boris Thinking For London" at it's most dazzling and beguiling.
Back to the Bakerloo and once all the proposals, the sane and the insane, are exposed to the flames of Boris's Inferno of Vanities all save one are destined to shrivel up and be no more.
If only Boris's desire to foist his own particular brand of carpet bagging political chicanery upon an unsuspecting British nation would so do too. Then we would all be in a much happier place.
Call me an old cynic but Boris is no fool and will have his way with the Bakerloo whatever the pundits and politicos must say.
Fare well. Fare thee well.
Fayre thee well Camberwell.