The idea is to list eight things you’d like to see happen in 2008, and pass on the plague to another five victims.
Here are mine:
1. Lib Dems regularly polling 23% of the vote.
If we’re polling better than we did at the last general election, we’ll have successfully drawn a line under a miserable couple of years.
2. A Democrat in the White House.
Any Dem will do …
3. A comprehensive settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Tony Benn gets it wrong in his own 2008 wish list: “I would like to see Israel withdraw to its historic frontiers, to make possible the establishment of a Palestinian state.” It won’t work: you could go in an infinite loop, with Israel refusing to withdraw until the end of the terrorist attacks, and Hamas et al refusing to stop the rockets until the occupation ends. The only answer is a comprehensive peace agreement, with Israel withdrawing to agreed borders, and the simultaneous establishment of a State of Palestine.
Sadly, I can’t see this happening in 2008, or frankly, any time before 2108. It’s a vicious circle. The continuing conflict is a scar on the conscience of the globe.
4. Led Zeppelin go on a proper tour.
It's not fair, I never had a chance. They stopped touring 6 years before I had even been born, let alone bought my first Zeppelin LP. I tried for tickets at the O2, but predictably didn’t get them. C’mon guys, think of your younger fanbase.
5. BBC Question Time drop the fifth panellist.
And Dimbleby lets the guests get a word in edgeways, and the behind-the-scenes BBC people pick some sensible questions. When that show's good, it's excellent. When it's bad, it's a total snoozefest.
6. I get a good degree.
I’ve spent four years at university, and dug myself into a fair bit of student debt. I’d like to make sure it was all justified!
7. Sheffield Wednesday
8. McLaren win the Formula One Constructors’ Championship.
Because they won it fair and square in 2007, and were robbed by the FIA. Why not just give the World Championship to Ferrari at the start of the year? It’d save a lot of time and effort and heartache.
I now breathe germs in the faces of Sam Tarran, Leo Watkins, James Schneider, Lawrence Alexander and Hasta La Vista, Vista!.