I intended helping these people, but help is just that - giving them the opportunity to change their lives - not keep them in a dependency status quo. The sacrifices those that brought me up made have instilled in me the same desire and drive to improve my life and work hard to try to improve the world around me.
London is to cities what Apple is to computing. The problem's we face are actually a good thing - we are simply coping with it's immense success and world admiration. We can do this - it's not a problem - everyone want to invest here. We just have to manage it so that London retains its identity, its people - because that what makes this city London.
Too often, highlighting the needs of the capital is seen as standing up for the City. This is despite the fact that London is home to four of the country's 20 most deprived boroughs, and that the City and Westminster, while responsible for three per cent of the UK's GVA, has just a single member of Parliament.
London Mayors are often accused of 'taking sides' when it comes to transport. We've had Boris bikes and Livingstone's Congestion Charge, but we've lacked the ideas to streamline transport for all. London needs a policy that benefits cyclists, public transport users and motorists alike...
It appears some parochial inhabitants of Westminster would have preferred Britain's Prime Minister, when asked whether he would stand for a third term in office when he has yet to complete his first, to obfuscate or fib. Better for a PM to pretend his passion for power knows no end date.
Dear Boris, Yesterday on your Facebook page, you posted a lengthy diatribe against 'Lefties', which captured my interest.
My priorities for London are efficient government, making sure we continue to have first-class policing, keeping the city moving, and the one thing mentioned above all others by Londoners - housing. I've spent the past year - and will spend the next year - telling people in articles like this exactly how I intend to bring this about.
I'm an entrepreneur and raising more money to make London better for Londoners is a walk in the park - it doesn't have to cost us anything and we don't need to introduce punitive taxes. Londoners want to help amazing organisations such as its Air Ambulance and Whizz-Kidz, their incredible work affects us all either directly now or by being there should we need them.
London is the fastest growing most exciting and dynamic, financially buoyant city in the world, home of the elite - king of financial services - slave to no one. London therefore needs a mayor who will embraces this - not stop it.
Some of my rivals for the nomination seem to believe that what is needed is distance from Boris. They think that criticizing and sniping at his time in office will somehow give them credibility in their own campaign. That's a huge shame.
The possibility of Iraqi Kurdistan achieving independence should not stop British ministers sending the artillery, tanks, helicopters, and heavy machine guns the Kurds desperately need to fight Isis - for all our sakes.
It's clear, the current system is failing to provide the variety and type of housing that Londoners want. It's ridiculous that new housing is normally less popular and less valuable than homes built 200 years ago. As long as the problem of housing is left solely in the hands of planners and large developers, the housing crisis will not be solved.
Unlike in a national election, we all live and work in the same place. We are all Londoners. It is our duty as Mayoral candidates to ensure that a good idea, no matter where it originated, is enacted, and is not lost to party politics.
Sometimes it appears as if political comedy has disappeared, at least with regard to 'high' politics. Interest in politics - especially that involving Westminster - has diminished significantly.
The next morning, you call the landlord to fix these issues, but the number you were given is a fax-line and none of your neighbors seem to have alternative contact details to reach him. And you are only at day two of your two-year lease.
It's time to realize that our best hope of getting devolution and the powers we need to make things better is to stop asking for more money and more land, and simply make a case for better control over what we have. London is a Powerhouse with even more potential to maximise.