Why I show no mercy to Ming, McFeely and Adams
Ruthless Ruth Dudley Edwards is drawing up her list of newsmakers who merit a one-way ticket off our island
I didn't even long-list Jedward for the Most-Annoying-Celebrity slot in my annual list of those I wish to deport until they turned up in the Irish Times Christmas magazine. Explaining why Christmas Day wasn't that special for them, Edward confided: "Me and John give so much all year, it's not like a different day for us, of giving, because we always give so much to everybody."
Such generosity is contagious. Guys, I'm chucking you out with a one-way ticket. Bono's off the hook till next year.
Next comes Ming Flanagan, our top political clown since the retirement of Jackie Healy-Rae. It's almost 2014 now and we must put childish things behind us. We are a sovereign people once again, so do you really think we should be taking seriously an elf called Luke who won a seat by giving himself a makeover inspired by Ming the Merciless, a character from Flash Gordon, a Thirties cartoon strip?