That's it. 2016 is over, 2017 is upon us. 2016 was, politically speaking, a rubbish year unless that is, you are right wing, reactionary or racist. Strangely and scarily, two of the "main events" that people voted for in 2016 are yet to actually happen.
England and Wales voted to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union, apparently in the hope that doing so would bring an end to beige people and Eastern Europeans coming over here and contributing to society, tending our sick and fixing our stuff. They'd also had enough of Johnny Foreigner telling Britain that it can't send weans up chimneys and imposing all that loony left human rights and health and safety nonsense upon them. Barring an upset, or an epiphany, the Brexitball will begin rolling before the end of March.
Most Americans didn't vote for him, but an outsize Oompa Loompa with an outsize ego will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America later this month. Many who did vote for him expect that a wall, or a fence, or a hedge, or a row of matches- or whatever it is they end up with, will bring an end to rape and murder and make America great again. Time will tell if the man with the paper thin skin really does intend to cozy up to Putin and put relations with China in the chill.
Here in Scotland, we can expect that the SNP Government will continue to neglect the day job, which includes protecting Scotland's interests, by fighting tooth and nail to protect Scotland's interests. Meanwhile, all the signs are that Davidson, Dugdale, and Rennie will continue to obsess about a referendum that may, or may not happen, and keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom, regardless of whether or not that's for the best.
I could not help but notice that the First Minister made no mention of independence in her New Year message, whereas Wet Willie said his party would continue to oppose it. Ruth: Warrior Unionist felt it necessary to speak of " a stronger Scotland in the United Kingdom", whilst Dozia Dogdoo let it be known she'd surrendered to the Tory Brexit without so much as a whimper when she said "Being part of the UK is even more important to Scotland than staying in the EU" . All three of them, so relentless and unthinking are they in their opposition to the SNP, that have come to oppose Scotland, as well as the Scottish Government.
We can't know what the future will bring, but we do know that 2017 will be yet another year where Scotland is at the mercy of Westminster Government we didn't vote for, pursuing a path we also didn't vote for. We know that the so-called Scottish Conservatives, so-called Scottish Labour and so-called Scottish Liberal Democrats, will continue to do Scotland down. They will continue to condemn us to whatever it is the Tories mete out whilst their incompetent, ineffectual, increasingly irrelevant colleagues and masters in London continue to flail about haplessly, having no impact, despite the ineptitude of May and her merry mediocrities.
Elections this year in the Netherlands, France and Germany may yet stop, or slow the march of right-wing populism in the West. Scotland could yet reject it out of hand by finally accepting that Britain is going backward and the United Kingdom is going under. The Tories want to take us back to the days of Downton Abbey, where the reality was more like something out of Dickens. It doesn't have to be that way for Scotland- independence is not an alternative, but an imperative.