I think I was nine when I rumbled Santa. I don’t believe that wanting things is enough to make them happen.
Nor do I believe the often rolled out claim that with a bit of effort we can be anything we want. We all have talents. It’s wise to take account of them.
But I do believe knowing what we want helps focus our efforts on achieving goals. So this is what I want for Christmas.
A government that cares about everyone
A government that complies with the law
A police force willing to investigate crime
An end to cronyism
Better relations with the EU
Refugees being treated with dignity
Politicians who answer questions
A government that invests in HEPA filtration to make our schools, hospitals, universities and others safe places to be
The resources required for HMRC and Companies House to tackle corruption
The requirement that we have the data to hold companies to account
A government for everyone, and not just the few
A fair voting system
The right for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to decide if they want to leave the Union
And end to the House of Lords
And end to two party politics
The right for everyone to be represented by someone they voted for
And in case that’s not enough …..
An end to lies about the size of the national debt
An end to austerity, which we do not need
A vision for a green transition
Proper foreign aid to address disease, poverty, inequality, distress, Covid, vaccine shortages and the climate crisis
Better education on tax and government funding
Wealth taxes to tackle inequality
And…..just in case I have not wanted enough
An end to misogyny
And racism in all its forms
Freedom from homophobia and all discrimination on the basis of gender and orientation
Respect for difference when that different view is held in good faith
Freedom from fear.
All that and more is what I want for Christmas.
That, and a smile, a hug and the familiar laughs of those that I love.