It’s the shortest day of the year for those of us up here in the frozen north and so I thought it a good time to finally show my face around here again, in anticipation of new beginnings and the lengthening days ahead on our journey into spring.
~ Anticipation ~
To my friends, both north and south of the border, I wish you all a very happy, safe and relaxed Christmas weekend ahead and above all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012. May next year be a great one for us all.
I’m thrilled with our new national coalition government. (I say ‘national’ because we are autonomous in this small island but we still care deeply what happens just ‘over the water’, there on the ‘mainland’). Number 10’s windows have been flung open to the spring air and it is wafting its way into parliament, and not before time. I feel a sense of a new beginning, a fresh start and real enthusiasm creeping back into our country and so much of the bureaucratic claptrap that has been the hallmark of the last socialist government, and that has so constipated our collective national health, and deliberately stifled our pride, is now being turned on its head. Thank goodness.
With fortuitous timing, today marks the start of the first World Cup matches. We have another reason to cheer – cheer for ‘our team’ : England. Alas, we are the only ones there to represent our United Kingdom, but that’s OK, we’re there for the whole of this great nation and stuff what Labour party politicians may say. Our new Prime Minister quite rightly wants to claim back the flag of St George from the far right and to feel proud of England, in just the same way that the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish are proud of their nations and their own flags. So I’m following the example from on high. I can’t fly a flag over my house in the way that there is one currently fluttering over 10 Downing Street, but I’m waving the flag here. GO ENGLAND! Do your best – for us all.
Picture of 10 Downing Street from The Mail Online