…to all my readers.
It looks set to be an interesting year ahead.
First there’s going to be the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President. And that looks set to be the beginning of a new era in American politics, and probably global politics as well. I don’t have very great expectations about him. I won’t be surprised if he gets nobbled, and turns out to be just another US President, much like all the other US Presidents, saying and doing pretty much what they all said and did. He’s surrounded himself with bankers from Goldman Sachs, and that’s not very promising. But we’ll find out soon enough what he’s really made of.
And maybe we’ll also find out soon enough whether Brexit really means Brexit. It’s seemed to me that it would be best for Theresa May to wait until the anti-EU Trump is in safely in office before beginning to move that forward. So I’ve not been critical of her to date.
We may also see whether the EU continues to disintegrate. There are elections in both France and Germany this year, and it looks likely that nationalists – or rather, patriots – will continue to gain ground in those countries, and everywhere else in Europe. I think Brexit was just the beginning of a Europe-wide process of recovering national sovereignty.
And we’ll also see whether the new Trump administration is going to mend fences with Russia, and act in concert with Putin to destroy ISIL/Daesh, and start rolling back Islamic fundamentalists everywhere.
I can’t see anything much happening to relieve the situation for smokers. Trump doesn’t smoke, and has said nothing about that matter. Nobody ever does. But in Mike Pence he has a Vice President who is more sympathetic to smokers than most. And since Trump seems to be good chums with Nigel Farage (who’s invited to the inauguration), there may be faint signs of progress in that direction.
I’m sure there are plenty of other things that will happen. Perhaps a big freeze in Europe in the next couple of weeks? Meteorologist Joe Bastardi warns:
“This is going to be a huge deal. You’re going to see the weather in Europe making global headlines as it gets covered with tremendous amounts of snow. And when you look at this […] Europe is brutally cold […] and Europe, get ready because there’s going to be all sorts of you know what is going to break loose over there.”
Maybe I should buy some more woollen socks.