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Yuletide wish list gets down to nitty gritty

Well, how was 2010 for you? Are you dreading or dreaming of 2011? Here's my personal wish list for Christmas and New Year:

• Scrap the House of Lords with its 780 members and annual costs to Mr and Mrs Taxpayer of more than £250m.

• With pensions gone to pot and our banks continually on the brink, pay the minimum wage to all senior bank directors and fund managers for the next 12 months.

• The 1.6 million people in the UK who have never ever worked be given a crash course in road-sweeping and litter-collection with the proviso: keep your benefits if you keep the country clean and tidy.

• Every adult in the UK to be issued each November with a haversack of salt and grit to negotiate our footpaths.

• Fuel duty and VAT frozen for one year - the shortfall to be paid by the oil companies.

• The Assembly to fully fund the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.

• The scrapping of double and triple-jobbing by MPs, MLAs, councillors and Lords (sorry already sorted).

• The words credit crunch, recession and billion be withdrawn from our vocabulary.

• Graeme McDowell to win the BBC Sports Personality of 2010.

• Matty Burrows of Glentoran to win the FIFA World Goal of the Year Award in Zurich next month.

• Liam Neeson OBE to be knighted in the Queen's New Years Honours list.

• Lastly, the greed in almost everything we see in life in 2010 to be replaced in 2011 with grace.

Merry Christmas.

BILL KERR

Newtownards, Co Down

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