Happy New Year! Well, at least let’s hope it is better than the last one, which featured continuing economic collapse, the invasion of Libya, rising fuel prices, rising food prices, rising taxes, and yet more young British service personnel being killed and maimed in Afghanistan for no reason that anyone can easily understand. Surely 2012 has to be an improvement?

We do have two ‘biggies’ this year: the London Olympics in the summer and the end of the world on December 21st. Of course, the latter is based on the Mayan calendar and how it ends on that particular date. Books and films on this subject have grossed millions, but as yet no-one has written anything on the fact that the Mayans may just have run out of ‘ink’.
Which brings me to what I think should be your New Year resolution: be more positive! Now I know that this does not apply to everyone, but I genuinely believe that the UK (and the world) would not be in such a bad state if people just got on with life and, most importantly, stopped watching, listening to and reading the news; which, incidentally, is mostly inaccurate.

In fact, why not dig a little this year and find out what’s really going on in your world. Among the many countries to which Britain is selling chemical warfare technology, for instance, is Iran; a regime labelled as part of the ‘axis of evil’ by President Bush.

But hey, it’s a new year so let’s look on the bright side. Let’s be positive! Britain’s athletes will top the medals table at the Olympics, the world will not end on December 21st, and the nation’s bankers will mature both mentally and emotionally (the second event, admittedly, is more likely to happen than the third).
In any event, and whatever 2012 throws at us, I wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous one.

chief editor

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