# Posted 5:37 PM by Patrick Belton
BJ'S IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND: In a mission of penitence and reconciliation after his 'mawkish sentimentality'
editorial of October 2004, OxBlog favourite Tory MP Boris Johnson has been despatched to Liverpool as part of a parliamentary group to give support to Liverpudlians during their 2008 tenure as European Capital of Culture, assuming they don't abolish the post permanently after Cork. George Howarth, the Labour MP for Knowsley North and Sefton East, explained the invitation to Mr Johnson by saying 'On Merseyside, they are nothing if not generous,' providing our man the opportunity to interrupt and one-up with 'The quality of Mersey is not strained.' q.v. Times
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