2016 was it really that bad?

Some say that 2016 has been a terrible year. Many celebrities have died, politics seems to have taken a disturbing lurch to the right, Syria is a nightmare of atrocities and rank hypocrisy.

But celebrities are always dying. It comes to us all after all, and I suspect in terms of celebrity deaths then 2017 will be no different.

Politics is always lurching to the right, or to the left, or more often than not seeking the centre ground. It is always thus, and as we never learn from history, or from the mistakes that we have made in the past, then we are destined to repeat them. Of course each repetition carries the risk that someone or some state will embark on the ultimate folly of starting a nuclear conflict, which would in all probability bring our history to a rather sudden, brutal and for most of us, terminal end. But we do not learn from the past so we take that chance or live with the risk.

Today it is Syria, before it was Iraq, in the seventies and sixties, Vietnam and Biafra. We never learn. While we are bound to narrow tribal concepts of Nation States, and Nationalism then it will always be thus. The argument that was either never put or got lost in the language to frighten and scare people, during the referendum, was the most important one. Europe, a continent that for centuries engaged in settling its disputes and disagreements by going to war, has enjoyed, for those states that part are of the EU, peace.

With an unpredictable American president, and a Russian president, presiding over an economically weak country, so seeking to use foreign policy as a means of bolstering his strength, a strong united EU is essential to act as a beacon of hope and a bulwark between the two fading superpowers. Britain should be playing its part not seeking to run away, to seek a city whose streets are paved with broken promises not gold.

Perhaps we will see the error of our ways. But then we never learn from our mistakes, so I won’t hold my breath.

Anyway Happy New Year for what its worth.

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