The Grimsby Telegraph gave me 200 words to express my hopes for 2011
I suspect that in 2011 the effects of the spending cuts will dominate our lives and I am most concerned that it will be the weakest who will bear the greatest pain.
So my number one hope for 2011 is that politicians will discover a vision for the society they are creating and especially a vision to generously support the marginalised and most vulnerable. Expedience appears to be driving the way we shape the future and that is a perilous path.
My second hope is that the ‘Big Society’ becomes more than a slogan to avoid Government spending. Jesus Christ was a proponent of a Big Society, with love driving how we live together. But he knew that such a society has to be built on what is going on in people’s hearts for the generosity and commitment required to reach out and meet the needs of others.
My third hope is more personal, I want to slow down a little to have more time for the people I encounter. The constant rush and demands on our time can make us careless of the time which we need to invest in each other – so 2011 will be the year when I accept that second cup of coffee!