Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year in 2012

No rest for the wicked, Erika and I have been painting the house between Christmas and New Year to work off the festive calories. 2011 has been a fascinating year - both locally and up at Westminster - and 2012 looks set to pose similarly daunting challenges for Britain.

I am not one for predictions, but we'll need all the stubborn optimism we can muster to navigate a stable course on the economy (given the precarious international position) and deliver on our social reforms (from controlled immigration and welfare reform to elected police commissioners). A bit like decorating, sometimes the task seems overwhelming, but you have to get on with it, do your level best and see it through.

There will be some rays of sunshine next year: the Queen's jubilee and the Olympics. We'll need to take on board some of the stoicism and tenacity that both events symbolise in order to weather the storms of 2012. If we do, I have no doubt that Britain is up to the challenges that lie ahead. I wish you a very happy new year!


Anonymous said...

Happy new year to you too brucey, I have complete and utter respect and admiration for everything you say and do in our local community and in WESTMINSTER; yours truly Bob

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