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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Eight for 2008 revisited

So this time last year I posted my eight wishes for 2008 and now it is time to see how I did, not very well I fear:

1. To see the Liberal Democrats sustain poll ratings at least in the mid-twenties throughout the year - OK that was a bit optimistic, but I think that we have held our own in the face of a classic squeeze. Need to do better next year though.

2. To retain control of Swansea, Cardiff, Bridgend and Wrexham in May and make further advances both on those councils and elsewhere in Wales - in the end we retained the leadership of Swansea, Cardiff and Wrexham and increased the size of our group on each. We now hold the Deputy Leadership of Newport and in all are helping to run 12 of Wales' 22 Councils.

3. To see a Democrat become President of the United States (I really am not fussed which of the three front-runners it is) - less than 20 days to go before Barrack Obama succeeds to the Presidency.

4. For Swansea City FC to gain automatic promotion as Division One champions - what can I say? They did it and are more than holding their own in the Championship.

5. For Brian Paddick to become the first Liberal Democrat Mayor of London - OK perhaps this one was too optimistic.

6. For British troops to be pulled out of Iraq - still waiting Gordon!

7. To see Wales win another Grand Slam - another one bang on the nail. My sporting wishes seem to be more successful than my political ones.

8. To lose some weight - in fact I have put some on. Not good.

Four out of eight. Maybe I will do nine for 2009 tomorrow.
The BBC News Magazine has done a "100 things we didn't know last year"


#6 Carrots used to be purple

#17 For the first time in US history, more than one in every 100 American adults is behind bars.

#30 Smells can drift across the channel

#51 An income of £13,400 is required to enjoy a minimum standard of living in the UK.

#69 E-mail addresses beginning with "A", "M" or "S" get more spam than those starting with "Q" or "Z".

#86 There's a town in Uruguay called Fray Bentos.

#89 The QE2 does 49 feet to the gallon
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