It is sad so many fixate on Diego Maradona’s hand ball – he was worth so much more

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Maradona was going to sign for Leeds, you know?

It was 1987, the year after he won the World Cup, when we were in the Second Division.

I remember it being on the back of the Evening Post at the time. £8million, we were going to bid.

Would have been a good move for Diego, he could have slotted in nicely next to Ian Baird.

Inexplicably, he stayed with Napoli and we had to wait a couple more years for a genuine world-class striker to arrive (Lee Chapman, before you ask).

Diego Maradona at the 1986 World Cup
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The death of the great man – Diego, not Chapman (alive) – was another grim component of a really grim week.

Tiers were announced and we’re all getting locked up again – unless you are lucky enough to live in Cornwall or the Isle of Wight.

What is the point in letting everyone on the Isle of Wight roam free?

I have been to the Isle of Wight. There is nowhere to go.

In Westminster, PMQs was grim also.

Mr Johnson, the Prime Minister, appeared by video link and blustered his way through, making strange noises and getting repeatedly told off by the speaker.

The PM has been self-isolating but a spell in captivity has not done him good. Not recommended for release.

His weird performance should have been an open goal for Mr Starmer but the Labour leader has other things on his mind.

Usual Labour ­infighting again and both sides ramping things up.

It is not looking good and it will end badly.

Infighting over Jeremy Corbyn is not helping Labour
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They should be watching the Tories unravel.

But the handling of Jeremy Corbyn ’s suspension is damaging and there’s Brexit and another inquiry into party business due. Not great.

Then the Spending Review, a kind of mini-budget for those of us who know we are in trouble but like to know exactly how in trouble we are. Turns out we’re really in trouble.

The economy has shrunk by 11 per cent and the shock hasn’t even hit yet.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak took it out on the poorest.

Modelling by the Joseph Rowntree foundation shows 6.2 million families will see an overnight loss of £1,040 next year and around half a million more ­people, including 200,000 more children, will be plunged into poverty.

Incidentally, the foreign aid decision was a disgrace.

Not only breaking a manifesto promise but a cheap – in every sense – political stunt that pleased the crowd. But what a crowd.

Rishi Sunak delivered his winter spending review last week
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All the while, the world’s billionaires have put on money during the pandemic and now have £7.8 trillion between them.

The argument for taking some of that off them is irresistible.

It was an obscene decision that saves hardly anything but detracts from the real meat of Mr Sunak’s budget: i.e. if you are poor we will find a way to make you poorer.

Meantime, the weather turned cold and we lost The Golden Kid, The Cosmic Kite, El Diez.

What was really sad was seeing how many still fixate on the handball.

Narrow, graceless, old world sometimes.

If you close your eyes and think of Maradona and all you see is a handball from 30 years ago, or a failed drug test, you have missed the point.

A cheat, they call him. Yep, fine.

Maradona was a cheat and Einstein slept around and Van Gogh had an absinthe problem and Mozart – remember Mozart? – well Mozart was terrible with money.

Just terrible.

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