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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