On Monday night this week, I was a guest at a ball for Beanstalk, the brilliant, inspiring charity that places volunteers in schools to help disadvantaged children with their reading and writing.
The City was out in force, as was Boris Johnson. The London Mayor gave a typically barnstorming speech, loudly proclaiming the evidence of economic recovery, but also highlighting the dangers in growing inequality between rich and poor, and the fact that too many school-leavers cannot fill in work application forms – hence the need to support Beanstalk.
Listening to his roll-call of facts about London’s economic turnaround, it was hard not to be impressed. More billionaires than any other city in the world! As many French people as the fourth-biggest place in France, putting him ahead of the mayors of Nantes and Lille! Crossrail1 was being built, Crossrail2 will happen! Already, across the capital, there are job vacancies galore!