Now you see it—now you don't!

Published: Thursday, 05 May 2022

AMONGST the various banners at Canal Cavalcade in Little Venice, over the May Bank Holiday weekend, was one from the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) pushing for improved boater facilities, writes Jonathan Mosse.

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This included an image of overflowing bins (first picture). Visiting CRT Chief Executive, Richard Parry, took exception to this and insisted it was removed—a request with which the IWA reluctantly complied (second picture).

 Now you dont2

The reasons behind Mr Parry’s ‘request’ are open to interpretation—as are the IWA’s compliance—but on the face of it the message would appear quite reasonable, unemotionally presented and well within the remit of IWA’s role as ‘critical friend’ of the trust.

Upon the Chief Executive’s departure from the cavalcade, the banner once again assumed its place overlooking Browning’s Pool: its purpose somewhat more prosaic than poetic in this instance.