Boris Johnson, give the man credit.


To some he is the London Major.

To some he is the blundering, odd looking man that will occasionally appear on Newsnight or Question Time.

To me, he is the next leader of the Conservative party, and in turn, a future Prime Minister.

His charisma is refreshing. His belief is unbeatable. And he is actually a nice bloke (compare him with Mandleson, and then disagree with me).

Well today, I read that Boris had failed to spend the £111m pounds given to London to be able to spend on infrastructure of businesses and help the capital’s economy grow.

My first thought (as a Midlander) was typical. ‘Oh yes, give some investment to the capital, but we are always reading that the likes of Newcastle and Hull have incredibly high unemployment, but the North is as its always been; forgotten. These days if you are not in London, it is sometimes possible to conceive that you do not exist in politicians eyes’.

My second thought was to express disbelief in why this was even being brought into question.
Firstly, this country is currently teetering on the threshold of a triple-dip recession, and we are there because of poor managing of the countries’ finances. Yet, here Boris is being criticised for actually being sensible.

Secondly, Labour shout from the rooftops that Boris is letting his city down. Yet, do they express what they would invest in, and do with that money? Mo. Do you hear Ken Livingstone or another would-be candidate, emphasising how they would do things differently? No.

So for now, we need to see Boris (who last year, people were idolising through the Olympics and Jubilee) get through this year, and then see what he is putting in place in the Capital, as he goes about the investment sensibly.

The once-member of the Bullingdon Club is actually a very clever man.

Even if he did run after a mugger shouting ‘Oik’.
Or, even if he did compare a change in race laws to ‘Caecescau’s Romania’.

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Mario Balotelli? Long live Paul Scholes.

I am sitting here looking at twitter and BBC Sport looking to see if Crystal Palace spend some of the Zaha money, in order to secure the battle for promotion to the Premier League.

Upon looking at twitter, I see Mario Balotelli has left the Premier League champions to join AC Milan.

Balotelli has proven to English football fans, that he is a newspaper editor’s dream, just like Jose Mourinho was/is. However, Balotelli crossed the borders to become a bad example to the schoolchildren, that idolise footballers and repeat their behaviour on the school pitch or the local park. Jose Mourinho didn’t/did.

From setting fireworks off in his bathroom, to throwing darts at a youth team player. He even drove into a women’s prison in Italy in order to “have a look around”.

This example of a footballer is a far-cry from the likes of Paul Scholes. A man long-ignored by the British media. A man whom 99% of the English public would not be able to recognise his wife. And a man who has been called the “greatest midfielder ever” by Barcelona legend Xavi.

This is the type of footballer that schoolchildren should look up to, should replicate and should aspire to be. Not arrogant, overpaid and immature men. That, if it wasn’t for football, and the furore that comes hand in hand with the role, would possibly be in prison, or on a route towards it.

In my opinion, Mario Balotelli leaving the Premier league is the best thing that can happen for the 4-16 year olds of this country. Long live Paul Scholes.