As with the previous two years, it had to be done.
Gordon Brown becoming PM was perhaps the best.
PEOPLE WHO LEFT US IN 2007, WHO I WILL PARTICULARLY MISS
Ruth Bell Graham
Lady Bird Johnson
And, if dead, as is likely, Steve Fossett
FAVOURITE FILMS OF THE YEAR
The Simpsons Movie
The Magic Flute
The Queen (well she's great isn't she)
Kylie Minogue (For beating back cancer and making a return to the spotlight)
Paul McCartney (for his Memory Almost Full album). Plus some of the bands who have made some sort of comeback. Let that be an inspiration for one or two bands I would like to see get back together.
POLITICIAN OF THE YEAR
Gordon Brown, but also Benazir Bhutto, for helping to make an effort to bring democracy back to Pakistan, knowing what the cost could be.
PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR
I supposed being a bit more relaxed and contented with life as well as my training to be a lay-minister. Although politically I did enjoy campaigning in Ealing Southall and actually helping the winning side in a Parliamentary election for once ;). As well as enjoying helping out in Hilary Benn's campaign office.
BLOGGERS OF THE YEAR
LABOUR: Rupa Huq's home on the web
CONSERVATIVE: Iain Dale's Diary
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT: A Liberal Goes a Long Way
OTHER: Paul Linford/Rachel from North London
NON POLITICAL: Cally's Kitchen
“I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.” - Jimmy Carter, former US President. I don't entirely agree with this assesment as I think it's a bit OTT. But I can see his point.
(FAVOURITE BLOGGING QUOTES OF THE YEAR)
I’ve heard of viewers overseas tuning into the BBC Parliament Channel as entertainment and I have to say Wednesday’s PMQs was a spectacle for sure but rather uncomfortable viewing. Bullingdon Eton bully boy Cameron showed himself to be a particularly nasty piece of work. To resort to insults (the word “phoney”) is poor. Name-calling is for people who aren’t intelligent enough to think of real arguments. There is going to be no imminent election. He should get over it.
Rupa Huq pointing out another example of David Cameron's commitment to ditch "Punch and Judy politics"
Interesting reading matter in the Sunday papers yesterday as Katie from The Apprentice announced that not only is Margaret Thatcher her hero, but also that she's like to be a Tory MP.As I said previously, she was the most appalling out of a bad bunch of greedy, self-centred, manipulative, Thatcherite, David Brent-alikes - Katie, not Thatcher, obviously. ;-)But she did not deserve to be harassed off the show in the way she was.
Kerron Cross on Katie Hopkins
Mellor spent the whole interview being his normal unctuous, arrogant self and slagging off "Dave" Cameron in the most self-satisfied way you can imagine. David Gold responded in a very measured and calm way. I am afraid I was rather more to the point. As far as I can recall my rant went something like this...
David Mellor has just illustrated why the Tories have been out of power for ten years....
Iain Dale on David Mellor's arrogance. I felt like cheering him on.
Happy New Year to you all :)