WHO'D yOU BOOT OUT OF BRITAIN?; as the BBC Launches a Provocative New Opinion Poll . .

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WHO'D yOU BOOT OUT OF BRITAIN?; as the BBC Launches a Provocative New Opinion Poll . .


FOLLOWING the success of its Great Britons poll, the BBC is launching a competition to decide which are our least favourite Brits.

Radio 4's Today programme is asking listeners whom they would most like to boot out of Britain and also which foreigner they would most like to bring here. Here, the Mail asked top writers whom they would choose. . .

Norma Major is the nicest woman I know and Currie was so horrid to her, not so much for her conduct during her affair with John Major, but by choosing to go public with the details in such a shameless way. I'm not much of a one to hate people but she would be no loss.

IN: Bill Clinton Whatever you thought of his politics, there's no doubt he's got charisma and he could certainly liven Westminster up and give the Tory Party a valuable lesson in how to appeal to the electorate.

There is a legion of talentless modern artists I'd happily evict, but the black spot must finally fall upon the Prince of Wales. If he stays here to become king, his whingeing and his dottiness will do for the monarchy within a generation. Let him leave the throne to William, and retire to an Italian garden with Mrs Parker Bowles.

IN: Steven Spielberg The U.S. possesses all sorts of geniuses that we badly need. I toyed with choosing Bill Gates of Microsoft, but he seems so unpleasant that even his billions can't make me give a passport to a super-nerd. In the end, I settled for the man who can bring a sprinkling of stardust to that chronic invalid, the British film industry.

Woman's Hour presenter Supposedly one of our finest fashion designers, McQueen should immediately be stripped of his British citizenship for crimes against womankind. Like many of today's designers, he seems to be creating clothes for slim-hipped young boys, not real women.

IN: Catherine Deneuve The glorious French actress is the very incarnation of sophistication and a great ambassador for European culture. It depresses me that we look across to America for so many of our cultural imports.

LYNDA LEE-POTTER MICHAEL DOBBS MELANIE PHILLIPS ROSIE BOYCOTT FREDERICK FORSYTH OUT: Lady Thatcher OUT: Damien Hirst OUT: The entire England cricket team OUT: Ken Livingstone Let's pack them off for at least three years' hard training.

IN: Bill Gates If a car company sold vehicles that were as prone to crashing as most computers, they would never be allowed on the road. Computer programmes are supposed to be making our lives easier, but instead have ended up making them infinitely more complicated.

He should be brought over to be accountable for all this.

She was Prime Minister during the time when oil revenues were flowing into Treasury coffers, but instead of using it to make real improvements in the Health Service, education and transport, she squandered it on lowering tax for the wealthy. That has turned out to be a very short-sighted decision, and the results are apparent in the crumbling state of our public services today.

IN: Nelson Mandela A wonderful man who spreads goodwill and respect wherever he travels. On top of that, he has the integrity and lack of cynicism that is so clearly absent among our current leaders.

For the eighth consecutive time, the European Court of Auditors have refused to endorse the accounts of the Brussels Commission. …

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