Sol Campbell fails to impress in LBC interview
Sol Campbell was interviewed on LBC today as he continues his Tory mayoral push. But did the former footballer score a few own goals?
Sol began with some choice words about the part of east London where he grew up.
"I’m from Plaistow, Stratford. Yeah Stratford’s amazing but you go further down the road to Plaistow, East Ham, and it’s a nightmare."
He suggested that politics was not quite the same as football and admitted he was on a steep learning curve.
"Yes it’s a slightly different landscape. A landscape I have to get used to."
Having recently told the Sunday Times he does not own an Osyter card, he said he was the mayoral candidate who could connect with many Londoners.
"I think with all the candidates what you can say is that I can connect with a lot of voters out there, a lot of London people."
He then said did not tend to use the London Underground if he could help it.
"I'm not a regular user but I have used it."
So perhaps it was no surpise when he struggled with a question about how he would travel from Arsenal to City Hall, put to him by LBC's political editor, Theo Usherwood.
"If I was taking the train every day you can kind of map it out."
And he suggested that the problems of congestion on the tube could be fixed by lengthening a few of the platforms.
"With the Tube, it just needs more investment. Maybe lengthening some of the platforms to get more carriages in, things like that. It just needs more investment put into it."